No. 15 Miami Completes Sweep of Wake Forest with 10-1 Win
April 4, 2010
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - No. 15 Miami broke open a scoreless ball game with seven runs in the bottom of the third and cruised to a 10-1 win and a series sweep over Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon at Alex Rodriguez Park.
Wake Forest falls to 9-21 on the season and 2-10 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Miami improves to 20-7 and 10-2 in conference play.
Miami put seven runs up in the bottom of the third inning to snap a scoreless tie. The Hurricanes added two runs in the bottom of the fifth and a run in the bottom of the sixth. Wake Forest picked up its first run of the game, scoring once in the top of the ninth.
Jason Santana earned the victory on the mound, improving his record to 3-1. Santana tossed 6.0 shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out five. Wake Forest starter Austin Stadler (1-2), who entered the game with a dislocated non-throwing shoulder, allowed seven runs, six earned on six hits in 3.0 innings to suffer the loss.
Out of the Wake Forest bullpen, Joel Ernst continued to pitch well, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Ernst has not allowed a run in his last eight outings, a period that spans 9.2 innings.
Chris Pelaez drove in a team-high four runs and went 1-for-4 with a run scored to lead Miami. David Villasuso had three hits, including hits fourth home run of the season, while Harold Martinez also hit his eight homer of the year.
Miami struck first, scoring seven runs and sending 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the third. Nathan Melendres reached on a bunt single to start the inning. Villasuso hit a pop up into shallow left field, but Blair lost the ball in the sun, allowing the ball to drop untouched for a single for Villasuso with Melendres moving to second on the play. A sacrifice bunt by Zeke DeVoss moved both runners into scoring position. Frankie Ratcliff walked to load the bases with one out. Stephen Perez drove in the first run of the game on an RBI ground out to short. Scott Lawson then singled to center to score Villasuso and Ratcliff and put the Hurricanes in front 3-0. A double to left field by Yasmani Grandal moved Lawson to third. Martinez drew a base on balls to put a runner on every base. Pelaez cleared the bases with a triple down the right field line to make the score 6-0. A fielding error by Blair on a chopper up the middle off the bat of Melendres scored Pelaez for the seventh Miami run of the inning.
The Hurricanes added on to their lead with a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the fifth. Martinez led off the inning with his eighth homer of the season and, with two outs, Villasuso belted his fourth home run of the season.
Miami plated another run in the bottom of the sixth. After Eli Robins retired the first batter he faced, he then walked the next three hitters to load the bases with one out. Pelaez grounded out to second to score Lawson from third.
Wake Forest avoided the shutout with a run in the top of the ninth. Steven Brooks led off the inning with a single to right field. After Mike Murray popped out to short, Mac Williamson drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Ryan Semeniuk grounded into a fielder's choice to third with Williamson being retired at second on the play. Matt Conway walked to load the bases with two outs. Langston was hit by a pitch to score Brooks from first for the Deacs' first run of the contest. Mark Rhine flew out to center to end the game and give the Hurricanes the series sweep.
Wake Forest returns to action on Wednesday when it hosts High Point. First pitch at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park is scheduled for 6 p.m. (ET).
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