Williamson Homers but Virginia Takes Series with 4-1 Win over Deacs
April 8, 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - For the second straight day Wake Forest went up on Virginia early by scoring in the first inning, but the Cavaliers came back again to defeat the Demon Deacons 4-1 on Sunday at Davenport Field.
The win improves Virginia's record to 21-10-1 on the year and 8-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Demon Deacons drop to 19-13 overall and 5-9 in the ACC.
The only offense for Wake Forest came in the top of the first inning when Mac Williamson smashed a solo home run that left the park, clearing the bleachers in left field. The home run was his team-leading 10th of the season and the 29th of his career.
The Cavaliers scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take the lead and added one more in the fifth to capture the victory. There was not much offense on the day, as Virginia had four runs on six hits, while the Deacs had just the one run on five hits.
Justin Van Grouw went 6.1 innings for the Demon Deacons and struck out four while surrendering just one walk. He suffered the loss, though, after giving up six hits and four runs. Jack Fischer then entered in the seventh inning and retired all five batters he faced.
In total, Van Grouw and Fischer combined to retire the final 12 Cavaliers of the game.
Wake Forest had several chances, particularly in the fifth, sixth and seven innings, but all three of those innings ended in double plays. Virginia's Shane Halley induced each inning-ending double plays.
The first two were 6-4-3 double plays before the Demon Deacons got a bit unlucky in the seventh. With Stephens on second and Pat Blair on first, Keniry smoked a line drive that appeared to be getting into the outfield before Virginia third baseman Stephen Bruno snagged it and fired to second to double up Stephens.
Wake Forest then stranded two more runners in the eighth inning before Justin Thompson came in to earn his fifth save of the season by retiring the Deacs in order in the ninth.
Wake Forest and Virginia will play the series finale tomorrow night on ESPNU. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m., as the Demon Deacons will be playing in their first televised game of the season. Unlike prior games, audio of tomorrow night's game will not be provided, but fans can still follow the Deacs on Twitter at @WFUBaseball in addition to seeing the game on ESPNU.