Back-to-Back Homers Spark Wake Forest's 3-1 Win over High Point
April 5, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Matt Conway and Mac Williamson hit back-to-back solo home runs to give Wake Forest the lead and help the Demon Deacons defeat High Point 3-1 Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The victory improves Wake Forest's record to 11-17 on the season, while the Panthers dip below .500 at 15-16.
Brian Holmes earned the win and has now been victorious in each of his last two starts to improve to 2-1 on the year. The Deacon lefty went six innings and scattered five hits, allowing only the first batter of the game to come around and score.
Nate Jones and Michael Dimock finished the game and combined to pitch a perfect final three innings of baseball. Jones struck out two batters and got the Panthers to ground out three times and fly out once. Dimock pitched the ninth and was untouchable, as he struck out all three batters he faced and needed just 10 pitches to do so. The save is Dimock's first of the season and the fourth of his career.
Al Yevoli suffered the loss for High Point and falls to 0-1 on the year.
High Point used a different pitcher in each inning, and it proved to be effective early, as the Panthers surrendered just one hit through five innings.
With two outs in the sixth, though, Conway drilled a 1-0 pitch through the wind and over the left field wall to tie the game at 1-1. Just one pitch later, Williamson drove a ball opposite field over the right field wall to give Wake Forest its first lead of the game. Conway now has six home runs on the year, while Williamson is just behind him with five.
Williamson was also part of the last Deacon duo to hit back-to-back homers, as he and Austin Stadler accomplished the feat against Army on February 20 of last season.
Wake Forest added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh to give the pitchers more than enough support. Conor Keniry reached first on a fielder's choice and Zane Yanzick was hit with a pitch to put runners on first and second with two outs. Steven Brooks then fell behind in the count 0-2, but battled back to run the count full before hitting a ball through the left side of the infield to score Keniry.
Brooks was the only Demon Deacon to have a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Carlos Lopez provided a hit for Wake Forest, as well.
The Demon Deacons and the Panthers will meet on the field once again tomorrow, with that game taking play at Williard Stadium in High Point, N.C. at 6 p.m.