Wake Forest Hands Appalachian Loss, 13-6
April 15, 2003
BOONE, N.C. - Wake Forest opened with a flurry of offense in the first two innings to claim a nine-run lead and never looked back en route to a 13-6 victory over Appalachian State University. Ryan Hubbard went 3-for-4 and scored four runs, while Ryan Johnson went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored to lead Wake.
Wake Forest (22-12) opened the game with five runs on five hits in the top of the first inning. Adam Bourassa led off the game by being hit by pitch, and Hubbard doubled. Jamie D'Antona brought them all home courtesy of a three-run round tripper to right-center field. After Johnson's double, Brad Scioletti hit a line drive home run down the left field line to make it a 5-0 game prior to Appalachian's first at-bat.
The Demon Deacons continued their hot hitting in the second inning. With one out, and two runners aboard, Johnson recorded his second double of the day, scoring one run to make it a 6-0 lead. A ground out by D'Antona plated Hubbard to extend the lead to 7-0. Jeff Ruziecki's two-run shot over the right-center field wall extended the margin to 9-0.
After holding Wake Forest scoreless in the top of the third, Appalachian (8-23) started the bottom half of the frame with a double by Ben Marsh and a single by Travis Hunnicutt. Justin Thomas's single plated Marsh for Appalachian's first run of the day. The next batter grounded into a doubleplay to score Hunnicutt and cut the margin to 9-2.
Wake Forest pushed its lead to 10-2 in the top of the fourth inning. Hubbar
d led off the frame with a single. After a fly out by D'Antona, Hub
bard came around to score on a double by Johnson.
Appalachian plated a pair of runs in the fifth, to narrow the deficit to 10-4. Marsh and Hunnicutt started the inning with back-to-back singles. Following a sacrifice by Thomas that put runners in scoring position with one out, a ground out scored Marsh. With two away, Graham Thompson's base hit drove home Hunnicutt.
Tim Johnson reached via a base on balls to start the bottom of the sixth for the Mountaineers. Johnson stole second and after moving to third with one away, came across to score on Marsh's single to cut the margin in half, at 10-5.
After retiring the first two batters in the top of the seventh, Wake Forest generated three unearned runs to make the score 13-5. Ryder Mathias singled and moved to second on an error. Bourassa then reached on a fielding error that allowed Mathias to score. Hubbard followed with a two-run blast to center field to make it an eight-run margin.
In the bottom of the seventh, Eric Pittman singled to left field to score Brad Peisel and set the final count at 13-6.
Starting pitcher Kyle Young went the first six innings of the afternoon for Wake Forest. Young allowed six runs on 10 hits to improve to 2-0 on the season. Daniel Davidson allowed one hit over two innings of relief and Kirby Wedekind worked a scoreless ninth inning to finish the game.
Taylor Craig gave up seven runs on seven hits in just one and a third innings for the Mountaineers. Craig moves to 1-4 on the campaign with the loss.
Appalachian returns to action this weekend with a Southern Conference three-game set against Georgia Southern. Friday's series opener begins at 3:00 p.m. Wake Forest entertains Davidson in non-league action on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.