Wake Forest Suffers Series Sweep with 11-2 Setback to Virginia
April 9, 2012
Virginia is now 22-10-1 after the win and 9-6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Demon Deacons are now 19-14 overall and 5-10 in league play.
Brian Holmes pitched well for Wake Forest but suffered his first loss of the season to go to 5-1. Holmes struck out eight batters, gave up just four hits and exited after the fifth inning down 3-2, although only two of the runs he gave up were earned.
Williamson, Blair and Armour all went 2-for-4 on the night for the Demon Deacon offense. Williamson had an RBI and a double, while Armour scored a run.
Carlos Lopez went 1-for-2 with a walk to extend his hitting streak to nine consecutive games, marking a career-best for the Demon Deacon senior.
In a reversal from the first two games of the series, Wake Forest was held scoreless in the first while Virginia went on top with a run in the bottom of the inning.
After a scoreless second inning, the Demon Deacons captured the lead with two runs in the top of the third. Armour led off the inning with a sharp single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Evan Stephens.
Two batters later, Conor Keniry scored Armour with a two-out RBI double to the left field corner to tie the game at 1-1. Williamson then delivered a double of his own to right center field that scored Keniry and put Wake Forest up 2-1.
Holmes kept the Cavaliers off the board in the third and fourth innings and nearly escaped the fifth with a 2-1 lead. With bases loaded and two outs, Virginia's Nate Irving was able to reach on a fielder's choice to score Colin Harrington, and Stephen Bruno scored to put the Cavaliers up 3-2 on a passed ball.
Virginia added two more in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead, but Wake Forest had a chance to come back in the top of the eighth after loading the bases with one out. Blair and Williamson each singled, while Lopez reached on a walk. At that point, Cavalier closer Justin Thompson entered on the mound and retired the next two Deacons to help maintain the lead.
Virginia then put the game out of reach with six runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Wake Forest will hit the road again on Wednesday when it travels to play in-state foe Charlotte at 6 p.m.