Deacons Tie the Series with 6-4 Win over Georgia Tech
April 16, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tim Cooney went 7.1 innings and struck out eight and Michael Dimock struck out four in relief to help Wake Forest defeat Georgia Tech 6-4 Saturday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The win evens the series at 1-1 heading into tomorrow's decisive third game. Wake Forest is now 14-22 overall and 6-11 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech falls to 26-10, 13-4.
Cooney started and earned the win to improve to 4-2 on the year. He walked just two batters and scattered nine hits while letting four runs cross the plate. Dimock came in and took over the game with one out in the seventh and struck out four batters of the five outs he recorded. He also earned the save, giving him two on the year.
Jed Bradley took the loss for Georgia Tech and falls to 3-2 on the year.
The Demon Deacons and the Yellow Jackets scored all of their runs in the first six innings before the respective pitchers took over the game. Through the seventh, eighth and ninth innings, each staff struck out five batters, as all six outs in the eighth inning were by strikeout.
In his third consecutive game, James Harris homered and now has four on the year. Pat Blair reached base three times by drawing three walks, and Steven Brooks went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and a stolen base.
Both teams scored in the first inning. Georgia Tech's Kyle Wren led off with a base hit and eventually came around to score to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 lead.
Blair then began the bottom of the inning with one of his walks and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Rhine. One batter later, Brooks was trying to bunt for a base hit down the first base line and was narrowly retired, but Blair was able to move 90 feet closer. Williamson brought him home with a single through the right side.
GT took another lead with a run in the top of the third, but Wake responded with two in the bottom half of the inning to take its first lead of the series.
Brooks drew his only walk of the game in the bottom of the third to start the rally and stole second base on the first pitch of the at bat. Williamson grounded the ball to the pitcher, but Bradley sailed the ball over the first baseman's head, allowing Brooks to score from second and Williamson to go all the way to third.
With just one out, Carlos Lopez drilled a ball to deep center that was caught by Wren, and Williamson tagged up easily to give Wake a 3-2 lead.
Wake Forest then scored twice more in the bottom of the fourth after the first two batters of the inning were retired. Blair walked and Rhine smacked a double down the left field line on the first pitch he saw to drive in the first run.
Brooks followed with a high chopper to second base and reached on the infield single. With runners on the corners for Williamson, he singled into center field to score Rhine and give Wake Forest a 5-2 lead.
Georgia Tech chipped away at the lead and scored one in the fifth and one in the sixth to make the score 5-4. Harris led off the bottom of the sixth in a pinch hitting role and delivered his solo shot over the right center field wall to begin the inning and end the scoring for both teams.
The Demon Deacons and the Yellow Jackets will take the field one more time tomorrow with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. Austin Stadler will be on the mound for Wake Forest, while Buck Farmer will get the start for Georgia Tech.