Wake Forest Sweeps High Point with 15-6 Win
April 10, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and continued to roll offensively en route to a 15-6 win over High Point on Wednesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Coupled with last night's 14-inning victory, the win tonight helped the Demon Deacons (19-17) sweep the season series with High Point (15-19) for the first time since 2006. The Deacs and the Panthers had split two games in each of the last six seasons.
Pat Blair reached a milestone in the win by playing in his 200th game as a Demon Deacon. Since his freshman year in 2010, Blair has not appeared in only four games. During that stretch he has 194 starts and is currently riding a career-best streak of 73-consecutive games started.
On the night, Blair did not record a hit but reached base four times with three walks and a hit by pitch, while scoring three runs.
Leadoff man Evan Stephens performed his offensive duties to perfection by reaching base in all six of his plate appearances. Stephens was 3-for-3 with a career-high four runs scored, a double, two walks and a hit by pitch. In addition, he has now reached base in eight straight plate appearances after tripling and walking in the 13th and 14th innings last night.
Jack Carey and Kevin Conway provided the big pop at the plate with a three-run homer and a grand slam, respectively. Carey now leads the team with six homers and 29 RBIs on the season. For Conway, the long ball was his first-career grand slam and his second home run of the year.
HPU scored twice in the top of the first, but Stephens (walk), Keniry (single) and Blair (walk) loaded the bases to get thing started in the bottom of the inning. Morgan then walked, and Matt Conway sacrificed Keniry home with a fly ball to center. One batter later, Carey homered to right to make the score 5-2 in favor of the Demon Deacons.
After the Panthers scored a run in the top of the second, Morgan answered with an RBI single to regain the three-run advantage at 6-3.
Wake Forest then scored three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to put the game out of reach at 11-3. Keniry had an RBI double and Conway had a two-run single in the fourth, while Keniry picked up his second RBI of the game in the fifth.
High Point crept to within six runs in the top of the seventh after scoring a pair, but Kevin Conway quieted any attempt at a comeback with his grand slam in the bottom half. Blair, Garrett Kelly and Matt Conway all came around to score on the play.
Colin Egan came into the game in relief in the third inning and pitched 3.1 innings to pick up the win and move to 2-0 on the year. He struck out two batters, allowed just one hit and did not give up a run. High Point starter Michael Heller suffered the loss to move to 1-1 after lasting just 1.1 innings.
Wake Forest will be on the road this weekend when the team travels to play a three-game series at Clemson.