Wake Forest Baseball Creams UNC-Greensboro, 17-2
April 12, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest freshman Tyler Smith tossed 6.0 hitless innings and went 2-for-5 with two RBI to lead the Demon Deacons to a 17-2 trouncing of UNC-Greensboro Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium. The Deacons improve to 25-12 overall, while the Spartans drop to 14-21.
Smith, making his fourth start of the season, did not allow an earned run en route to his first career victory. The right-handed hurler (1-2) did issue three walks, but only allowed one Spartan to reach second base after the second inning. Smith lowered his season earned run average to 3.16 over 25.2 innings of work. He has surrendered just 16 hits all season as opponents are batting only .170 against him.
Smith added a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly. He was the first Wake Forest pitcher to start and play both ways since Cory Sullivan on May 26, 2001. Sullivan, the starting center fielder for the Colorado Rockies, started on the mound against Middle Tennessee State and allowed one earned run over 6.0 innings. He also went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Redshirt freshman Greg Young and senior Kyle Young tossed the final 3.0 innings. Greg Young allowed the only hit of the afternoon for UNC-Greensboro in 2.0 scoreless innings of relief, while Kyle Young worked a perfect ninth inning. The one hit allowed is a season-low for the Demon Deacon pitching staff -- surpassing the three hits allowed in the 3-2 victory over Virginia on March 25. Ironically, it is the fewest hits by a Wake Forest opponent since Ben Clayton no-hit the Spartans on March 22, 2000.
Freshman Allan Dykstra went 2-for-2 with three walks, two runs scored and a career-high tying five RBI. The first baseman also belted his ACC-leading 12th home run of the season. Smith, redshirt freshman Nathan Frazier, redshirt junior Dan Rosaia and freshman Evan Ocheltree all added two RBI. Frazier registered his first hit, double and RBI all on the same swing with his two-run double. Ocheltree went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a two-run home run, while Rosaia recorded a pinch-hit, two-run single. Wake Forest had 11 different players register hits. Sophomore Andy Goff and senior Casey Sterk each went 2-for-4.
Clark Erskine (0-1) picked up the loss for the Spartans. Erskine, one of eight UNCG pitchers in the game, did not retire a batter and allowed four earned runs on two hits.
Wake Forest returns to action this weekend with an ACC series at Duke. Friday night's series opener starts at 7 p.m. Freshman Brad Kledzik will take the mound for the Demon Deacons.
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