Wake Forest Downs North Carolina 6-5
Aaron Fossas earned his ninth save of the season on Sunday
Aaron Fossas earned his ninth save of the season on Sunday

April 13, 2014

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By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Wake Forest built an early lead and held on to defeat North Carolina by a final of 6-5 in the last game of the series at Boshamer Stadium.

Wake Forest (23-15, 11-7 ACC) built a 6-2 lead through the first four innings though North Carolina (21-15, 9-9 ACC) narrowed it to a one-run lead but Wake Forest held on for the win.

Grant Shambley led Wake Forest with three hits while Will Craig and Jack Carey each homered in the game for Wake Forest. Craig hit a two-run home run in the third inning while Carey recorded a solo shot in the fourth. Conor Keniry went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored with two walks.

Connor Kaden got the start and went 3.0 innings pitched, giving up four hits and two earned runs. Connor Johnstone got the win while Aaron Fossas picked up his ninth save of the season.

Wake Forest jumped ahead early as the Demon Deacons plated three runs in the first inning. Stephens led off the game by getting hit with a pitch followed by Grant Shambley who singled up the middle.

After two strikeouts from starter Zac Gallen, Keniry singled up the middle to score Stephens while the throw from center fielder Skye Bolt went wide, scoring Shambley. A throwing error from the UNC shortstop allowed Keniry to score shortly after, putting Wake Forest up 3-0.

Carolina got a run back in the bottom of the first on a solo home run from Michael Russell to pull within two runs.

Craig put Wake Forest up 5-1 in the third as he clubbed a two-run homer to left field. It was the seventh home run for Craig this season which leads the team. He also is now tied for 10th all-time in school history in home runs by a freshman.

UNC added a run in the bottom of the third inning on a solo homer but Carey responded in the fourth with a solo homer of his own. The Tar Heels threatened in the fourth with the bases loaded but Matt Conway snagged a liner and stepped on first for a double play to end the inning and preserving the 6-2 lead.

Carolina scored one run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly and threatened with the bases loaded by Max Tishman came into the game and recorded a strikeout and got a line out to end the inning.

North Carolina scored two runs in the eighth inning to make it a 6-5 game but Fossas got a groundout to end any further threat in the frame. Fossas then pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the save.

Johnstone, Max Tishman, John McCarren, Parker Dunshee and Fossas all pitched in relief of Kaden.

Zac Gallen took the loss for North Carolina while Landon Lassiter had two RBIs to lead the Tar Heels.

Wake Forest is back in action on Tuesday when the Deacs host Appalachian State at 6 p.m. at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

 

 

 

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