Wake Forest Posts 8-5 Comeback Win at Maryland

April 6, 2007

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wake Forest overcame a pair of early three-run deficits to post its second straight ACC win, an 8-5 defeat of Maryland on a frigid Friday evening at Shipley Field.

The Demon Deacons move to 16-16 overall and 5-8 in the ACC with the win. Maryland drops to 19-13 overall and 5-8 in conference play.

The temperature remained in the low 40s for most of the game, but that didn't stop the Demon Deacon bats from heating up after collecting just two hits in their last outing on Tuesday. Wake recorded 10 hits on Friday. Andy Goff hit his first home run of the season, and Ben Terry went a perfect 4-for-4 to lead the Deacon attack.

Wake Forest also got a strong outing from starter Brad Kledzik. Kledzik (3-2) had a rocky start to his night, allowing three runs in the first and two in the third but settled down to retire 10 straight Terrapins at one point.

Maryland jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Joe Palumbo and A.J. Casario led off with back-to-back singles. Palumbo scored the Terrapins' first run two batters later on a Mike Murphy single. Casario and Murphy came around to score on Gerry Spessard's two-out double to right center.

The Deacons cut the deficit to 3-2 with a pair of unearned runs in the third inning. Maryland starter Casey Baron had retired the first seven Wake Forest hitters in order before Dan Rosaia reached on a strikeout and passed ball. Baron then hit Terry to put two on with one out.

Two batters later, Goff recorded Wake's first hit with an infield single up the middle, loading the bases for Allan Dykstra. The sophomore first baseman responded with a double down the right field line to score Rosaia and Terry.

The Terps got both runs back in the bottom of the third. Kledzik issued Casario a leadoff walk, and Dan Melvin followed with a double to left to plate Casario. On the ensuing at-bat, Casario came around to score from second on a Kledzik wild pitch. Rosaia's throw from the edge of the third base dugout beat the runner by a step, but Casario slid under Kledzik's tag.



Wake Forest took the lead with four runs in the fourth. Tyler Smith doubled to lead off and then moved up a base on Evan Ocheltree's groundout. Terry drove home Smith with a two-out single through the right side.

Baron then hit Eric Williams to put runners on first and second. Goff followed with his first home run of the season, a three-run blast to left center that gave the Deacs a 6-5 lead. Dykstra came close to making it back-to-back homers, flying out to the warning track in center to end the inning.

The Demon Deacons gave themselves some added cushion with two runs off reliever Brett Jones in the seventh. Smith hit his second double of the game to score Hood, who had reached on a hit-by-pitch. Ocheltree walked, and Terry singled to load the bases. Pinch hitter Nathan Frazier then drew a walk to give Wake Forest an 8-5 lead that would hold up the rest of the way.

Maryland put two runners on in the seventh but didn't threaten otherwise.

Kledzik went six-plus innings for Wake Forest, surrendering five runs on six hits. The sophomore righthander struck out five and walked two. Kledzik came back to retire 10 straight batters after his run-scoring wild pitch in the third.

Kledzik left in the seventh inning after allowing a leadoff double by Steve Braun. Eric Niesen came on to strike out the side in the inning. Niesen pitched 1 2/3 innings, striking out four of the six batters he faced.

Josh Ellis relieved Niesen with two out and none on in the eighth. Ellis earned his fourth save of the season, not allowing a runner to reach base in his 1 1/3 innings.

At the plate, Terry, Goff and Smith had multi-hit days for the Deacons. Terry was 4-for-4 with two runs scored, while Goff finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Smith was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Dykstra and Frazier accounted for the Deacs' other two hits. Michael Murray saw his six-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 night.

Wake Forest struck out 13 times to tie its season-high. The Deacs last struck out that many times in a 2-0 loss February 23 at San Diego.

Baron (3-2) went six innings for Maryland, allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits. The lefty struck out a career-high 11 batters. However, three of those strikeout victims reached base, two on wild pitches and one on a passed ball.

Wake Forest and Maryland meet in the second game of the weekend series on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Deacons will send LHP Garrett Bullock (2-1, 5.31) to the hill, while the Terps will counter with RHP Ryan Moorer (3-1, 3.43).

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