Craig Powers Deacs in 10-6 Win Over High Point

April 2, 2014

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By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored five unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings as the Demon Deacons defeated High Point 10-6 on Wednesday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Wake Forest (20-11, 8-4 ACC) was led by Will Craig who had four RBIs including a three-run home run which is his sixth of the season. He is tied for second in the ACC in home runs. Nate Mondou also homered in the game and recorded two RBIs.

The Demon Deacons drew 14 walks against High Point (15-13) which is three more than the previous season high of 11 against Boston College. Grant Shambley, Jack Carey and Ben Breazeale all added RBIs while Carey walked three times along with Shambley. Evan Stephens went 3-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and a walk.

Parker Dunshee earned the win as he pitched two innings of scoreless relief and gave up just two hits. Matt Pirro started the game and struck out six in three innings.

Each team left the yard early as Wake Forest and High Point were tied 5-5 after two full innings. The Panthers took a one-run lead in the fourth but the Deacs tied it up in the seventh after Shambley was hit by a pitch. Wake Forest added four more runs to seal the victory.

High Point took a one-run lead in the first inning but Craig belted a three-run home run in the bottom of the frame to put Wake Forest up 3-1. Craig launched the homer after Stephens and Shambley walked to start off the frame.

The Panthers countered with a grand slam in the second to take a 5-3 lead but Wake Forest responded again with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Craig had a sacrifice fly to score Garrett Kelly while Carey walked with the bases loaded to even the score.

High Point added a run in the fourth inning to take a 6-5 lead and held the lead until Wake Forest answered with two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth. The Demon Deacons loaded the bases in the seventh and tied the game after Shambley was hit by a pitch. Wake Forest then took the 7-6 lead after a wild pitched scored Mondou.

In the eighth inning, Breazeale doubled down the right field line which scored Napolitano. Mondou came to the plate and launched a home run to right field, putting the Deacs up 10-6. Connor Kaden shut down the High Point offense in the eighth while Wake Forest closed the game out in the ninth.

John McCarren, Dunshee, Kaden, Max Tishman and Aaron Fossas all pitched in relief. McCarren gave up a run but it was unearned while the others worked scoreless innings.

Josh Greene had four RBIs to lead High Point while Jordan Skavinsky took the loss for the Panthers.

Wake Forest is back in action this weekend when the Deacs host Maryland for a three-game series. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

 

 

 

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