Deacs Drop 6-5 Decision to Winthrop in Extras
April 13, 2011
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Steven Brooks had a record-setting day on the base paths, but Wake Forest fell on the road to Winthrop 6-5 in 10 innings Wednesday night at The Winthrop Ballpark.
The win gives the Eagles an 18-16 record on the year, while the Demon Deacons fall to 13-21.
Wake Forest had a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, but Winthrop scored one run in the bottom of the ninth and the game-winning, unearned run in the bottom of the 10th to claim a 6-5 win.
Brooks was 1-for-3 with two walks on the night from the leadoff spot in the order, while he tied a Wake Forest single-game record with five stolen bases on five attempts. He joins Brett Linnenkohl, Nick Blue and Tommy Gregg as the only Demon Deacons to accomplish the feat.
In addition, Brooks now has 66 stolen bases in his career and sits alone in second place on Wake Forest's all-time list. He trails only Gregg, who ended his career with 100 stolen bases.
Mac Williamson extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games after going 1-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored and a walk.
Winthrop jumped to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning before Wake Forest got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth. Brooks walked to lead off the inning and immediately stole second and third with Keniry at the dish. Keniry went on to single through the right side on a 2-2 count to drive in the run.
The Eagles built a three-run lead once again with a run in the bottom of the fifth before the Demon Deacons sent 10 men to the plate and scored four runs in the top of the sixth, giving Wake Forest its first lead of the game.
Jack Carey led off the sixth and was hit by a pitch. After Fischer flew out to right field, Brooks and Keniry drew back-to-back walks to load the bases for Williamson. The Deacon left fielder delivered with a single through the left side that scored Carey and Brooks.
Conway then walked to reload the bases before Morgan sent a ball into the outfield to score Keniry and move everyone else up a base. Lopez ended the scoring for Wake Forest when he sent a high fly to center field that sacrificed Williamson home from third.
The Deacon staff held the Eagles scoreless over the next three innings, but Winthrop was able to tie the game with a run in the bottom of the ninth.
With T.J. Olesczuk on second in the bottom of the 10th, a pitch got by catcher Brett Armour to his right. When Olesczuk took off for third, Armour fired, but the ball went over the head of Lopez who was covering the bag, allowing the winning run to come home.
Daniel Marrs got charged with the loss for Wake Forest after giving up the unearned run to fall to 0-1. Eric Ruth moves to 5-0 after pitching 1.2 innings of relief for Winthrop.
The Demon Deacons are scheduled to play Georgia Tech this weekend in a three-game ACC series at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The two teams will square off Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.