Wake Forest Holds on for 8-6 Win at Maryland
April 7, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wake Forest jumped out to a 6-0 lead but had to stave off a couple of Maryland rallies late in the game to come away with an 8-6 defeat of the Terrapins Saturday afternoon at Shipley Field.
The win moves the Demon Deacons to 17-16 overall and 6-8 in the ACC. Wake is back above the .500 mark for the first time since March 28. Maryland drops to 19-14 overall and 5-9 in the conference.
The two teams once again had to battle frigid temperatures in College Park. Saturday's afternoon game turned out to be colder than that of Friday evening. Temperatures dipped into the mid-30s, and the wind chill made it feel colder than that.
Wake Forest starter Garrett Bullock overcame the cold weather to lead the Deacons to victory. Bullock stifled the Maryland bats up until the eighth inning where he eventually ran out of gas. Bullock (3-1) earned the win, going 7 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on 12 hits. The sophomore lefty struck out four and walked just one. He also recorded his ACC-leading eighth pickoff in the third inning.
The Terps got nothing off of Bullock through the first seven innings, putting just five runners into scoring position and only one of them to third base. However, Maryland rallied for four runs in the eighth and two in the ninth to make things interesting.
Ultimately, it was Allan Dykstra's two-run home run in the ninth inning that turned out to be the difference. The homer gave Wake Forest an 8-4 lead, a cushion that would prove necessary after the Terps scored twice off reliever Phil Negus in the ninth.
Closer Josh Ellis came on for Negus to record the final two outs of the game. Ellis got pinch hitter Will Greenberg looking to end the game with the tying run on second base.
Wake Forest got out to a big lead early with five runs in the third inning. The first two came around without the Deacs recording a hit. Andy Goff reached base on a leadoff walk and then moved to second on Eric Williams' sacrifice bunt. Ryan Moorer proceeded to plunk Ben Terry and Dustin Hood on back-to-back pitches to load the bases for Dykstra. Dykstra was issued a five-pitch walk to score Goff.
One out later, Tyler Smith brought home the second run of the inning with another five-pitch walk. Evan Ocheltree followed by hitting a three-run triple off the top of the wall in centerfield, giving Wake a 5-0 lead.
Ocheltree's triple stood up as the Deacons' only hit through the first five innings before Wake rallied for a run in the sixth. Smith led off with a walk, and after Ocheltree was robbed of another extra-base hit by a leaping Dan Benick at the centerfield wall, Dan Rosaia singled through the right side. Goff followed with a single to right field to score Smith, who was in motion on the pitch. That was all Wake Forest would get in the inning, though, as reliever Brett Tidball came on to record the final two outs of the inning.
The Terrapins finally got to Bullock in the eighth, rallying for four runs in the frame. Mike Murphy and Chad Durakis hit back-to-back one-out singles, and after a Wink Nolan fielder's choice, Benick loaded the bases on a full-count walk.
With two outs and a 2-2 count, Mike Moss hit a single to left to score Maryland's first two runs of the game. Kirby Wedekind came on for Bullock and allowed a two-run double by Joe Palumbo, which cut the Deacon lead to 6-4.
Wake Forest added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth. Hood led off with a single to left, and Dykstra followed with a home run to right center, his ACC-leading 13th of the season.
Negus came on to start the ninth and promptly got a groundout. However, Dan Melvin followed with a double and Murphy reached on a throwing error to put runners on the corners. Durakis responded with a double down the leftfield line, scoring Melvin and Murphy.
Ellis then relieved Negus and issued a four-pitch walk to pinch hitter Gerry Spessard. Ellis recovered to get a fielder's choice and a strikeout to end the game, giving him his fifth save of the season.
Dykstra and Ocheltree led Wake Forest at the plate, each going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Hood scored two runs for the Deacons.
Maryland walked the Wake hitters six times and hit four more batters in the process. Moorer (3-2) was the biggest culprit, walking four and hitting three more. The righthander pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on three hits.
Durakis, Moss and Palumbo each had two RBIs to lead the Terp hitters.
Wake Forest will go for the series sweep of Maryland on Sunday afternoon. RHP Charlie Mellies will make his first start of the season for the Demon Deacons. Mellies has not pitched in over a year after he had Tommy John surgery last spring. Maryland will send RHP Kevin Biringer (2-5, 4.75) to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Shipley Field.