High Point Rallies for 12-8 Defeat of Wake Forest
April 9, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - High Point rallied for eight runs over the final three innings to hand Wake Forest a 12-8 loss Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
The Demon Deacons drop to 12-19 overall with the loss. The Panthers move to 12-20 on the year. The two teams split the 2008 season series at a game apiece, with each team winning on the road.
On Wednesday, Wake Forest fell behind early but rallied to take a 6-4 lead after four innings, only to see the advantage evaporate late in the game. High Point rallied for four runs in the seventh to take an 8-6 lead. The Panthers then pushed two runs across in each the eighth and ninth innings to seal the win.
The Deacons wasted a solid relief outing from Ben Hunter. Hunter held the Panthers scoreless over 4 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits while striking out four and walking two. He came on with the bases loaded and one out in the second and got out of the jam with a double play. On the day, Hunter only allowed one runner to reach scoring position.
Reliever Phil Negus (2-2) suffered the loss for Wake Forest. The righthander came on in relief of Hunter to start the seventh inning. He surrendered four runs on four hits in 2/3 of an inning.
High Point reliever R.J. Chlebnikow (1-0) picked up the win. The lefty stymied the Deacs over 3 2/3 innings, holding them hitless during the stretch. He struck out two and walked two. Chlebnikow has had the Deacons' number over his three-year career. In four appearances, he has allowed just a combined three runs on six hits in 10 1/3 innings pitched. Last season, he shut down the Wake Forest bats over five innings in an 8-7 Panther victory in High Point.
Today, Chlebnikow came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth and Wake Forest holding a 5-4 advantage. He got the Panthers out of the jam with just one inherited runner coming across. He did not allow a Deacon to get into scoring position for the rest of his outing.
Wake Forest finished with nine hits on the day but only two of which came after the Deacons' three-run rally in the fourth. Dustin Hood and Mike Murray had two hits apiece, while Ben Terry drove in two and scored twice.
High Point took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. Jeff Cowan led off the game with a single to center but was then erased on a Pablo Rosario fielder's choice. Billy Alvino followed with a double to the leftfield corner to score Rosario from first. One batter later, Matt Ganter singled to right to drive in Alvino with the second run of the inning.
Wake Forest countered with a run in its half of the first. Terry reached on a leadoff walk and moved to third on consecutive one-out wild pitches. Willy Fox was then walked, and Allan Dykstra followed with a fielder's choice ground ball to plate Terry.
The Panthers added two more runs in the second without the aid of a hit. The first three batters walked and the fourth was hit by a pitch to bring in a run. One out later, another walk brought in the second run. Hunter then came on and needed just two pitches to get an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.
The Deacons put together a two-out rally to score a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Nathan Frazier drove a two-out double over the leftfielder's head. Terry followed by grounding a single up the middle to bring him home. Consecutive singles by Hood and Fox plated Terry and cut the deficit to 4-3.
After holding HPU scoreless in the third and fourth innings, Wake claimed the lead with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Fox and Dykstra reached on consecutive one-out walks. Murray then laced a single to right to drive in Fox. Andy Goff was hit by a pitch to load the bases and chase reliever Mike Caldwell. Chlebnikow made it two hit batters in a row, plunking Evan Ocheltree to bring home Dykstra with the go-ahead run. Eric Williams added to the lead with a sacrifice fly, scoring Murray.
High Point rallied against Negus to re-claim the lead with four runs in the seventh. Matt Ganter led off with a single, and Alfie Wheeler followed with a single one out later. The two runners each moved up a base on a groundout, before Kyle Mahoney laced a two-run single to center to tie the score. Cowan put the Panthers on top with a single up the middle. Rosario and Alvino followed with back-to-back singles to plate another run and give the visitors an 8-6 advantage.
HPU added two insurance runs against Alex Wiesner in the eighth. Ganter reached on a leadoff walk, and two outs later Max Fulginiti reached on another walk to put runners at the corners. Mahoney followed with a single against new pitcher Brad Kledzik to score Ganter. A wild pitch then brought home Fulginiti with the second run of the inning.
The Panthers put two more runs on the board against Kledzik in the ninth. Rosario led off with a single and then stole second. One out later, Randy Schwartz launched a two-run home run to left center.
The Deacons put together a ninth-inning rally but only were able to come away with two runs. HPU closer Bubba O'Donnell hit Goff to lead off the frame. One batter later, pinch hitter Brett Linnenkohl walked to put two on. Weldon Woodall followed with a pinch-hit double to left center to drive in Goff. Terry then hit an RBI groundout to score pinch runner Steven Brooks and bring the final score to 12-8.
Deacon starter Mark Adzick received a no-decision. The freshman lefty lasted 1 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks.
Wiesner gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in an inning of work, while Kledzik pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits with a strikeout.
High Point starter Corey Swickle did not factor in to the decision. The righthander gave up three runs on six hits with four walks.
Mahoney and Scwartz drove in three runs apiece to lead the Panthers at the plate. Alvino went 3-for-6 with two RBIs.
Wake Forest is back in action this weekend with a three-game series against Virginia Tech at Hooks Stadium. The series kicks off on Friday at 1 p.m. Saturday's game will be broadcast live on FSN. All three games can be heard live on 98.1 FM WBRF and at www.WakeForest.Sports.com.