Georgia Tech Takes Series Opener from Wake Forest, 5-1
April 15, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest's Brian Holmes and Georgia Tech's Mark Pope both put together quality starts on the mound, but the Yellow Jackets prevailed past the Demon Deacons 5-1 Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball park.
Georgia Tech moves to 26-9 overall and 13-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference action, while Wake Forest drops to 13-22 and 5-11 in the conference.
Holmes lasted a career-high seven innings and tied a career-best with nine strikeouts against the potent Yellow Jacket offense. He also scattered six hits and gave up just two earned runs, lowering his season ERA to 3.47.
Pope also turned in a great performance for the Yellow Jackets, earning his ACC-leading fourth complete game of the year. He gave up just one hit and struck out eight batters on the night.
James Harris supplied Wake Forest's only offense of the game when he homered in the third inning. Harris has now hit a home run in each of his last two games, as he dropped a two-run bomb against UNC Greensboro on Tuesday.
Georgia Tech struck first with an unearned run in the top of the third inning, but the Demon Deacons answered right away in the bottom half of the inning. Harris' homer came on the very first delivery of the inning, as he sent it soaring over the right center field wall.
The Yellow Jackets scored twice off of Holmes in the top of the fifth, but he kept the game close through the seventh and struck out the final batter he faced in a 10-pitch at bat.
After Georgia Tech scored twice more in the eighth, the Deacons went down in order in the bottom half of the inning. Wake Forest put two men on base with just one out in the ninth, but Pope finished off the Deacs with a pair of fly balls to left field to end the game.
Because of impending inclement weather in the forecast for tomorrow, Saturday's game between Wake Forest and Georgia Tech will now begin at 6 p.m. Check back to WakeForestSports.com for further updates.