Big First Inning Not Enough in Deacs' 9-4 Setback at Virginia
April 7, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Wake Forest jumped on top of Virginia early with a three-run first inning, but the Cavaliers took a 4-3 lead in the second and rallied for a 9-4 win over the Demon Deacons on Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field.
Virginia improves to 20-10-1 overall with the win and 7-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Wake Forest falls to 19-12 overall in 5-8 in league play.
Back-to-back doubles to lead off the game by Pat Blair and Conor Keniry put the Demon Deacons up 1-0 instantly in the top of the first inning. Blair hit a chopper down the third base line, while Keniry drilled a ball into the left field corner and advanced to third after the Cavalier left fielder had trouble corralling the ball.
After a pair of strikeouts, Charlie Morgan and Mark Rhine drew consecutive walks to load the bases, and on the first pitch he saw, Kevin Jordan laced a double into the right center field gap to score plate two more runs and put the Deacs up 3-0.
Virginia then went on to score nine unanswered runs before Wake Forest was able to get on the board again with a run in the top of the ninth.
Jordan began the inning with a single up the middle and would come around to score on an RBI-single to center field by Blair.
Blair went 3-for-4 on the day with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run scored to lead the offense. Keniry and Jordan both picked up two hits apiece, as Keniry went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run, and Jordan was 2-for-4 with two RBI, a double and a run.
The only other Demon Deacon to get a hit on the day was Carlos Lopez, who singled to left field in the eighth inning.
Tim Cooney started for Wake Forest and suffered the loss to fall to 3-3 on the year. He went 5.1 innings and struck out five batters, but he also gave up five earned runs. Three of the runs Virginia scored were unearned in the game, thanks to four errors and a passed by the Demon Deacon defense.
Virginia's Branden Kline went 7.0 and struck out eight to capture the win and improve to 5-2 on the season.
The Demon Deacons and the Cavaliers will be back in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the series at 1 p.m. at Davenport Field. Audio of the game will be provided on WakeForestSports.com.
The series finale will take place on Monday night at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU. An audio broadcast will not be provided for that contest.