Georgia Tech Evens Series with 8-7 Win over Deacs
April 14, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Charlie Morgan drove in three runs and Brett Armour connected on a home run, as Wake Forest fell to Georgia Tech, 8-7, on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The Demon Deacons now fall to 21-15 and 6-11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Georgia Tech improves to 21-15 (7-10 ACC).
Morgan and Armour each collected two hits on the day, as Morgan went 2-for-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs, while Armour went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run.
Justin Van Grouw suffered the loss for the Deacs after giving up six hits, allowing six runs, and recording a strikeout over 3.1 innings of work. With the loss, Van Grouw now falls to 1-5 on the season, while Alex Cruz earned the win for the Yellow Jackets in relief to move to 3-1..
Jack Fischer pitched the final 5.2 innings for Wake Forest, allowing two hits and two runs in addition to recording a pair of strikeouts. GT's Zane Evans moved from his starting catching position to the mound in the eighth inning to pick up his third save of the year.
Wake Forest got on the board early with three runs in the first inning. After Keniry drew a walk, Williamson singled to third base, and Carlos Lopez drew a walk on the next at bat to load the bases. Morgan then knocked a double into left center to plate both Keniry and Williamson after an eight-pitch at bat, and Mark Rhine would bring Lopez home from third with a groundout to shortstop.
The Deacs would score one more run in each of the next two innings, as Keniry singled to left center in the second to bring Armour around from second base, and Morgan recorded a sacrifice fly to left field in the third to score Williamson from third base.
Georgia Tech responded with three runs in the third, four in the fourth and one more in the fifth inning to take an 8-5 lead.
The Deacs picked up another run in the seventh inning when Pat Blair led off with a walk, stole second, and came around to score two batters later on a throwing error by the third baseman. Brett Armour then blasted his second home run of the year over the left center field wall in the eighth inning to pull the Deacs back within a run of the Yellow Jackets.
Wake Forest had two runners in scoring position in the ninth before Evans was able to get out of the jam and preserve the win for Georgia Tech.
The Deacs will go for the series win when they take on Georgia Tech tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The game will be shown live on the ACC Digital Network.