Deacs Capture Series in 5-2 Win Over Maryland
April 5, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest defeated Maryland 5-2 on Saturday behind three RBIs from Conor Keniry as the Demon Deacons won the series against the Terrapins.
After taking game one on Friday night, Wake Forest (22-11, 10-4 ACC) shut down the Maryland (18-10, 5-8 ACC) offense behind another strong inning from starting pitcher John McLeod. McLeod went 6.2 innings pitched, giving up just one earned run while striking out five to earn the win. Aaron Fossas pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save of the season and second in the series.
Keniry paced the Demon Deacons offensively as he hit a solo homer along with an RBI-single and a sacrifice fly. It was the first career home run for Keniry. Evan Stephens had two doubles and an RBI while Grant Shambley had two hits and an RBI including his first career triple.
The Demon Deacons built a 4-0 lead by the fourth inning and added a run in the seventh while Maryland scored once in the seventh and eighth innings. Wake Forest took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Keniry launched a solo home run to right center field. It was the first career homer for Keniry as he put the Deacs up early.
Keniry then singled in the third inning to score Shambley who singled to lead off the frame. Wake Forest added two runs in the fourth as Stephens doubled to score Breazeale followed by Shambley who tripled to the gap in left center, scoring Stephens.
McLeod exited after 6.2 innings and was replaced by Parker Dunshee who pitched one inning. Max Tishman also pitched in the game. Maryland added a run in the seventh and eighth but Fossas struck out a batter and got two fly outs to end the game.
Brandon Lowe and Jose Cuas each had an RBI to lead the Terrapins. Mike Shawaryn took the loss on the mound.
Wake Forest goes for the sweep on Sunday in the final game of the series. First pitch is at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.