Cooney Throws Eight Scoreless to Lead Deacs Past Georgia Tech, 4-2
April 13, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tim Cooney threw eight scoreless innings and recorded five strikeouts to lead Wake Forest past Georgia Tech, 4-2, Friday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the win, the Demon Deacons improve to 21-14 on the season, including 6-10 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Georgia Tech drops to 20-15 and 6-10 in the ACC.
Cooney earned his fourth win of the season to move to 4-3, scattering nine hits and allowing no runs and no walks in the outing. Buck Farmer suffered the loss to fall to 5-3 on the year.
Conor Keniry, Charlie Morgan, Brett Armour and Evan Stephens each recorded a pair of hits against the Yellow Jackets, while Armour knocked in two RBIs for the Deacs. Pat Blair, Mark Rhine and James Harris also notched a hit apiece on the night.
Cooney recorded three pickoffs in the game, including two in the fourth inning. Zane Evans was picked off at first base for the second out of the inning, and after Connor Lynch recorded a single on the next at bat, Cooney also picked him off to end the inning. His final pickoff came in the sixth inning when he got Brandon Thomas at second base.
After five scoreless innings of play, the Deacs finally put runs on the board in the sixth inning. Farmer began the inning by striking out the first three Demon Deacons he faced, but Carlos Lopez was able to reach on a passed ball on the first strikeout of the inning.
Harris then started a two-out rally with a single into right field to move Lopez over to second, and Armour then doubled to the left field wall to plate both Lopez and Harris.
Stephens followed with a bunt down the third base line to move Armour over to third before stealing second to move into scoring position. Blair then hit a routine grounder to short on the next play, but an error on the throw to first allowed both Armour and Stephens to score and gave Wake Forest a 4-0 lead.
The Deacs will play the second game of this weekend's series against Georgia Tech tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball park. The game will be streamed live on WakeForestSports.com, and Steve Shutt will have the call.