Wake Forest Walks Off With 8-7 Victory over Charlotte
April 14, 2009
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - With the game tied at seven and runners at first and second with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, freshman Bentley Heyman hit a pinch-hit single to right field to score pinch runner Micah Jarrett and lift Wake Forest to an 8-7 comeback win over Charlotte on Tuesday night at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the win, Wake Forest improves to 20-15 on the season, while Charlotte drops to 20-13 on the year.
Trailing 7-6 entering the bottom of the ninth, Wake Forest rallied for two runs with two outs to win its 20th game of the season. Mike Murray started the rally with a single up the middle. Ryan Semeniuk came in to pinch run for Murray and moved to second on a throwing error by the pitcher on a failed pickoff attempt. Weldon Woodall stroked a double down the right-field line to score Semeniuk and tie the game. Jarrett pinch ran for Woodall at second base. Tyler Smith was intentionally walked to put runners at first and second with two out. Head coach Rick Rembielak went to his bench and brought in Heyman to pinch hit for Carlos Lopez. Heyman hit a 1-0 pitch through the right side of the infield to plate Jarrett and give the Deacs an 8-7 comeback win.
The Wake Forest offense had been held quiet for five innings leading up to the ninth. The Deacs scored six runs in the first three innings, but were held hitless until two outs in the ninth.
Woodall had a team-high three hits, including his seventh home run of the season, for Wake Forest and also scored two runs and had two RBIs. Steven Brooks led the team with three RBIs, with all the runs coming on his third home run of the season in the second inning. Murray had two hits and scored a run.
Austin Stadler earned his fourth win of the season, throwing 2 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Stadler struck out three and walked just one in his outing. Sam Pierce suffered the loss for the 49ers to drop to 2-2 on the season. Pierce gave up two runs on three hits in two innings of work.
Alex Wiesner threw 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He allowed two hits, while striking out one and allowing three bases on balls.
Phil Negus got the start for the Demon Deacons and allowed five runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings. Keith Moreland started for Charlotte and surrendered four runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.
The Demon Deacons struck first with five runs in the bottom of the second. Murray and Woodall led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners. Smith hit a sacrifice fly to left field to score Murray for the first run of the game. Woodall stole second base for his sixth steal of the season. After Lopez struck out for the second out of the inning, Evan Ocheltree lined a single to the right-center field gap to score Woodall to make the score 2-0. Stadler followed with a single to right-center to put runners at the corners. Brooks pulled a home run over the left-center field fence to give Wake Forest a five-run edge.
Charlotte answered back with five runs of its own in the top of the third. Shane Brown and Corey Shaylor started the inning with consecutive singles to put runners at the corners. After a strikeout to Justin Wilson, Grant Bomann singled to center to plate Brown for Charlotte's first run of the game. Alan Parks singled up the middle to score Shaylor and cut the lead to 5-2. Parks stole second and Ryan Rivers walked to load the bases with one out. Rob Lyerly hit a sacrifice fly to center field for the 49ers' third run of the inning. Zane Williams tied the game with a two-RBI double down the left-field line.
Wake Forest wasted no time in regaining the lead by scoring a run in the bottom of the third. Woodall hit the first pitch of the inning over the wall in left-center field for his seventh round-tripper of the year to put the Demon Deacons in front 6-5.
Charlotte grabbed its first lead of the game with two runs in the top of the seventh. Parks led off the inning with a walk and came around to score on Rivers' team-leading 11th home run of the year to put the 49ers in front 7-6.
Wake Forest is back in action on Wednesday, April 15, traveling to UNC Greensboro for a 6 p.m. game. An audio broadcast of the game will be available on WakeForestSports.com.