UNC Greensboro Tops Wake Forest 10-4
April 15, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Ray Quinones drove in four runs and UNC Greensboro used a five runs in the third and sixth innings to defeat Wake Forest 10-4 on Wednesday night at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Wake Forest drops to 20-16 with the loss, while the Spartans improve to 12-18.
The game started well for the Deacs as they plated two runs in the first. UNCG used a pair of big innings to take control of the game. The Spartans scored five runs in the third and used three Wake Forest errors to plate five additional runs in the sixth inning.
Wake Forest used six different pitchers in the game. Only one run of the 10 that Wake Forest allowed was earned. Daniel Marrs started the game for the Demon Deacons and threw one strong inning, retiring all three batters he faced. Michael Dimock and Brandon Johnson each threw a scoreless inning in relief.
Gabe Feldman suffered the loss for Wake Forest to drop to 0-1 on the season. Feldman threw two innings and allowed five runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits. He struck out one and walked one.
Warren Slack earned the victory for UNC Greensboro, tossing four scoreless innings to improve to 3-0. Slack allowed just two hits in his outing and struck out three.
Weldon Woodall led the way at the plate for Wake Forest, enjoying a perfect 3-for-3 night with an RBI. With tonight's game, Woodall raised his season batting average to a team-best .391.
Quinones went 2-for-5 at the dish for UNCG and drove in a game-high four runs. Pedro Leon had two hits and scored twice, while Trevor Edwards also had two hits.
The Demon Deacons struck first with two runs in the top of the first. After Steven Brooks grounded out to short for the first out of the inning, Shane Kroker drew a walk. Hood followed with a double down the left-field line to send Kroker to third. Murray hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Kroker for Wake's first run of the game. Woodall drove in the second run of the inning with a single to center field to score Hood from second.
UNC Greensboro grabbed the lead with five runs in the bottom of the third. Kris Richards drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Brent O'Berry grounded out to third to advance Richards to third with two outs. Corey Overholtzer doubled down the left-field line to score Richards to cut the lead to 5-1. Leon reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, allowing Overholtzer to advance to third. Ed Jayjack singled to right field to score Overholtzer. Jayjack and Leon recorded a double steal to advance to second and third. Quinones doubled down to right field to score two runs and make the score 4-1. Trevor Edwards closed the inning with an RBI single for the fifth UNCG run.
The Spartans added another five runs in the bottom of the sixth on just one hit and three costly Demon Deacon errors. Bradley Raynor opened the inning by reaching on a two-base fielding error by Evan Ocheltree. A passed ball moved Raynor to third. Frederick drew a walk and ball four got past Murray for a wild pitch to score Raynor. Richards reached on a throwing error by Hood and Frederick advanced to third. O'Berry got on base after Heyman committed the third error of the inning, which allowed Frederick to score and Richards move to second. After Overholtzer popped up to second for the first out of the inning, Leon was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A sacrifice fly to right by Jayjack plated Richards for the third run of the inning. Quinones doubled down the right-field line to score the final two runs of the inning for UNCG.
After scoring twice in the first, Wake Forest struggled to get anything going offensively. The Deacs got just two hits between the second and the eighth innings as the UNCG relievers were able to stymie the Demon Deacon offense.
Wake Forest was able to close the game with two runs in the ninth. Woodall singled down the right-field line with one out. A fielding error by the UNCG right fielder allowed Smith to advance to second and scored Micah Jarrett, who pinch ran for Woodall at first. A wild pitch advanced Smith to third. Stadler grounded out to second to score Smith for Wake's fourth run of the game.
Wake Forest returns home this weekend for a three-game series with No. 12 Georgia Tech. Game times are set for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.