Wake Forest Takes Series with 11-3 Victory Over Georgia Tech
April 15, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Carlos Lopez drove in three runs, scored twice and recorded a pair of hits as Wake Forest clinched the series over Georgia Tech with an 11-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Wake Forest Baseball Park at Gene Hooks Field.
With the win, Wake Forest improves to 22-15 on the season (7-11 Atlantic Coast Conference), and claims their first series victory over Georgia Tech (21-16, 7-11 ACC) since 2002.
Junior lefty Brian Holmes picked up the win on the mound for Wake Forest to improve to 6-1 on the season, while Cole Pitts took the loss for Georgia Tech. Holmes allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out three batters over five innings of work.
Evan Stephens scored three runs and recorded a hit, and Conor Keniry, Mac Williamson, Mark Rhine and Grant Shambley each notched one hit in the game. Shambley's hit was a double in the eighth inning, which marked the first of his career.
Georgia Tech got on the board first with a run in both the first and third innings, but Wake Forest tied the game with two runs in the fourth. Williamson drew a one-out walk and Lopez followed with a double to right center to plate the Deacs' first run of the game. Lopez came around to score two batters later on a throwing error as Rhine singled to third to tie the game.
The Deacs continued to add to their run total in each of the next four innings, scoring three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, one in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
Stephens and Blair drew back-to-back, one-out walks in the fifth inning, and Keniry singled through the right side to score Stephens. Williamson then walked, and a bases-loaded walk to Lopez on the next play brought home Blair from third to score the Deacs' second run of the inning. One batter later, Morgan singled off the wall in right center to plate Keniry.
Stephens reached base once again in the sixth after being hit by a pitch, and Blair doubled to right center to score Stephens from second. Blair later stole third base, and after the throw from the catchers went into the outfield, he was able to come home.
Lopez led off the seventh with a double to right field for his second extra base hit of the game, and Morgan singled to center to plate Lopez. Three hits, two errors and a pair of sacrifice flies helped Wake Forest add three more runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach at 11-2.
Wake Forest returns to action on Tuesday evening at UNCG in a 6 p.m. contest. The Deacs will be back at home next weekend with a three-game series against Virginia Tech. Friday's game will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. game on Saturday and a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday.