Wake Forest Falls to No. 15 Miami, 9-8, in 11 Innings

April 3, 2010

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Scott Lawson's one-out, walk-off double in the 11th inning lifted No. 15 Miami to a 9-8 win over Wake Forest on Saturday night in front of 3,272 fans at Alex Rodriguez Park.

With the loss, the Demon Deacons drop to 9-20 and 2-9 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Miami clinches the series with the win, improving to 19-7 overall and 9-2 in league competition.

With the game tied at eight in the bottom of the 11th inning, Miami pushed across a run to claim the win. Zeke DeVoss was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Stephen Perez. Lawson provided the heroics, doubling to left field to score DeVoss from second and giving the Hurricanes a 9-8 win.

The Hurricanes scored in each of the first four innings to take a 5-2 lead after four. Wake Forest plated single runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to cut the lead to 5-4. A Miami run in the bottom of the seventh made the score 6-4. The Demon Deacons tied the game at six in the top of the eighth, but Miami regained their two run lead with two runs in the home half of the eighth. Wake Forest again battled back from a two-run deficit with two runs in the top of the ninth to send the game to extras, before Miami won in the bottom of the 11th.

Wake Forest doubled up Miami in the hit column, registering 14 hits to seven for the Hurricanes. Wake Forest committed six errors, which proved costly, leading to three unearned runs in the early part of the game. The Hurricanes also stole a season-high nine bases in the victory.

Daniel Miranda (2-1) earned the win in relief, throwing 2.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts and one walk. Niko Spezial (1-4) suffered the loss, giving up the one run on one hits in 1.1 innings.

Wake Forest starter Tim Cooney battled through 5.2 innings, allowing five runs, only two of which were earned, on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts. Miami starter Eric Erickson gave up three runs, one earned, on six hits in 5.0 innings.

Joel Ernst turned in a scoreless outing of the Wake Forest bullpen, giving up a hit in 1.1 innings of work.

Offensively, Wake Forest was led by Steven Brooks, who registered his third four-hit game of the season, hit his fourth home run of the season, drove in four runs and tied a career-high with three runs scored. Carlos Lopez and Mike Murray each added three hits. Lopez hit his fourth homer of the season and had three RBIs, while Murray scored a run.

Harold Martinez and Frankie Ratcliff each had two hits to lead the Hurricanes. Martinez had an RBI and scored a run, while Ratcliff scored twice. DeVoss and Yasmani Grandal added two RBIs.

Wake Forest grabbed an early lead in the top of the first as Brooks sent a 1-1 pitch over the left-center field fence for a solo home run, his fourth of the season.

Miami evened the score with a run in the bottom of the first. With one out, Perez and Lawson drew back-to-back walk. A successfully executed double steal moved Perez to third and Lawson to second. Grandal grounded out to short to score Perez and tie the game.

The Hurricanes grabbed their first lead of the contest with a run in the bottom of the second. Chris Pelaez was hit by a pitch to start the inning, but was retired at second on a fielder's choice bunt attempt by Nathan Melendres. Initially, the umpires ruled Pelaez safe at second, but after the three umpires got together and talked about the play, they ruled that Pelaez interfered with Mark Rhine's attempt to make a play, while running between first and second. Melendres moved to second on a stolen base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Mike Lubanksi on the steal. A groundout to short by David Villasuso scored Melendres to put Miami ahead 2-1.

Miami added two more runs in the bottom of the third without the benefit of a hit and three Wake Forest fielding errors. DeVoss reached on a throwing error by third baseman Shane Kroker to start the inning. Perez struck out swinging for the first out of the inning, but DeVoss stole second on the strikeout. Lawson reached second on a two base fielding error by Lopez, allowing DeVoss to score from second. Lawson advanced to third on his second stolen base of the night and came in to score on a ground out to short by Grandal.

The Demon Deacons trimmed the lead to two with a run in the top of the fourth. Brooks led off the inning by reaching first on a throwing error by the third baseman. Murray singled to right to move Brooks to third. After Mac Williamson flied out to right for the first out of the inning, Lopez lined a single to left to score Brooks and cut the lead to 4-2. Erickson avoided any further trouble as Lubanski struck out and Kroker grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.

Miami regained its three-run lead with a run in the bottom of the fourth. After the first two batters of the inning were retired on fly outs to left field, Ratcliff reached on a throwing error by Kroker. Ratcliff moved to second on a stolen base and scored on a double to the left-center field gap by DeVoss.

Wake Forest scored for the second consecutive inning in the fifth, adding a run. With one out, Pat Blair drew a walk. A single to left field by Ryan Semeniuk advanced Blair to second. Erickson appeared to have Blair picked off between second and third, but his throw to third was wild, allowing Blair to move to third and Semeniuk to advance to second. Brooks drove home Blair on an infield single to third. With runners at the corners and one out, Murray grounded into a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.

The Demon Deacons cut the lead to one in the top of the sixth. With one out, Lopez sent a solo home run over the scoreboard in left field for his fourth homer of the season.

Miami stretched the lead to two on a two-out solo home run to left field by Martinez, his seventh home run of the season.

Wake Forest tied the game with two runs in the top of the eighth. Brooks led off the inning with a single through the left side and moved to third on a perfectly executed hit and run single from Murray. Williamson drove home Brooks on a single to right field. Lopez tied the game with a double down the left field line, scoring Murray on the play from third. Williamson appeared like he would score easily all the way from first on the play, but he stumbled rounding the bag at third and was thrown out at home for the first out of the inning. Wake Forest was unable to drive home the go-ahead run from second as pinch hitters Bentley Heyman and Ryan Lloyd were retired to end the inning.

Miami grabbed the lead back with two runs in the bottom of the eighth. With one out, Villasuso drew a walk. Ratcliff singled to right field to send pinch runner Michael Broad to third. Ratcliff moved to second on the throw to third by Williamson. A sacrifice fly to center field by DeVoss scored Broad from third to put Miami in front 7-6. The Hurricanes added an insurance run on a bunt single from Perez, scoring Ratcliff.

Wake Forest battled back in the top of the ninth, scoring twice to tie the game. After Rhine grounded out to third for the first out of the inning, Blair singled into left field. Semeniuk doubled over the center fielder's head to advance Blair to third. Brooks tied the game with a double down the right field line, scoring Blair and Semeniuk. Murray was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second with one out. Williamson grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

The Demon Deacons and Hurricanes conclude their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. (ET). Sophomore LHP Austin Stadler (1-1, 4.58) will start for Wake Forest, while senior RHP Jason Santana (2-1, 5.34) is slated to start for Miami.

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