No. 20 Wake Forest Tops No. 26 Coastal in Slugfest, 19-9
April 11, 2017
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- No. 20 Wake Forest took advantage of four longballs, beating No. 26 Coastal Carolina, 19-9, to complete the season sweep over the defending national champions at David F. Couch Ballpark on Tuesday night.
Stuart Fairchild recorded his first-career multi-homer game, going 3-for-5 with a grand slam and three-run homer to finish with a career-high seven RBIs.
Six Demon Deacons (24-10) recorded multi-hit games, including Gavin Sheets (4-for-6, HR, two RBIs), Jonathan Pryor (3-for-4, 2B, BB, two RBIs), Bruce Steel (3-for-4, 2B, three RBIs), Jake Mueller (2-for-4, BB, three runs) and Ben Breazeale (2-for-5).
The Chanticleers (20-12-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead, fueled by a three-run Cory Wood homer, but Wake Forest eventually cut the margin to 6-5 and took the lead for good with a 10-run sixth-inning.
Steel hit a two-run double in the fourth to cut Coastal's lead to 5-2, and after a Chanticleer RBI groundout, Fairchild hit his three-run blast in the fifth to trim the deficit to 6-5.
Coastal Carolina again responded with a run in the sixth to make it 7-5, but the Deacs' offense broke open in the bottom of the inning.
Seven straight Deacons reached base before an out was recorded: Steel singled and stole second, Keegan Maronpot walked, Pryor notched an RBI single, and Mueller tallied a bunt single to set the stage for Fairchild's opposite-field grand slam to give the Deacs a 10-7 lead.
Sheets made it back-to-back when he hit a frozen rope out of the park on a 3-0 pitch, and Breazeale followed with a single.
After a strikeout, six more Deacons reached base consecutively: Logan Harvey walked, Steel hit an RBI single, Maronpot walked, Pryor doubled, Mueller singled and Fairchild was hit by a pitch, before a double play ended the inning against the 15th batter of the inning once the score was 15-7.
Wake Forest plated four more in the eighth, when Sheets singled home Mueller, then Aiello smashed a 422-foot three-run homer to cap off the scoring.
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