Deacs Come From Behind to Beat Charlotte, 12-7
April 11, 2012
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mac Williamson launched a two-run homer in the eighth inning to give Wake Forest its first lead of the game at 9-7, and the Demon Deacons would hold on to claim a 12-7 victory over Charlotte on Wednesday evening at Hayes Stadium.
With the victory, the Deacs now move to 20-14 on the year while Charlotte drops to 14-19 overall.
Sophomore right hander Jack Fischer earned the win on the mound for the Deacs to improve to 2-2 on the season. Fischer allowed just one hit and no runs while striking out two in 1.2 innings of work. Michael Dimock earned his ninth save of the season in 1.1 innings of work, recording a strikeout in the process.
Pat Blair, Mark Rhine and Evan Stephens each recorded two hits in the game, while Blair recorded three RBIs and Rhine knocked in a pair of runs. Jack Carey recorded a hit and walked twice in the game in addition to scoring three runs for Wake Forest, and Conor Keniry and Carlos Lopez each recorded a hit for Wake Forest.
The hit for Lopez extended his career-best hitting streak to 10 consecutive games, and he is the first Demon Deacon to reach a double-digit hitting streak this season.
Charlotte went on top early 2-0 by scoring a run in the first and another in the second before Wake Forest was able to tie things up with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Lopez started a one-out rally with a double off the base of the left center field wall. Charlie Morgan followed with a walk, and both runners moved up a base after a wild pitch. Two batters later, Rhine doubled to left field to score both runs and tie the game at 2-2.
The 49ers answered with three runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 5-2 lead after stringing together four consecutive two out hits.
The Demon Deacons then made the game 5-4 in the top of the fifth after scoring two more, needing just one hit to do so. Stephens began the inning with a base hit back through the middle, and Blair followed with a walk. Keniry then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position.
A passed ball allowed Stephens to score and put Blair on third base to make the score 5-3. Williamson walked and Lopez was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Brett Armour hit a sacrifice fly into center field to score Blair and make the game 5-4.
One run was scored in each of the next four half innings before Wake Forest kept Charlotte off the board in the bottom of the seventh. The Deacs scored both of their runs during that stretch on throwing errors.
Down 7-6 heading into the top of the eighth, Wake Forest was able to score three runs and take a 9-7 lead, capped off by Williamson's two-run blast. The home run was his 11th of the season and the 30th of his career.
The eighth started with a rope to left center by Jack Carey that ended with a double. Stephens then dropped a bunt down the third base line for a base hit, advancing Carey to third base. Blair scored Carey in the team's next at bat with a sacrifice fly to right field to tie the game at 7-7.
Keniry then grounded the ball to second, but he was able to beat out the return throw from shortstop to avoid the double play and keep the inning alive, setting up the Williamson homer.
Wake Forest then added three more runs in the top of the eighth to go up 12-7. The first two came on a two-RBI single to left field by Blair, and the final run came home after a throwing error by the 49er shortstop.
Wake Forest will host Georgia Tech this weekend in a pivotal three-game, Atlantic Coast Conference series at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The games are scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday and Sunday's games will be broadcast by the ACC Digital Network, while Saturday's game will be on WakeForestSports.com