No. 20 Wake Forest Sweeps Notre Dame with 5-1 Win
April 16, 2017

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- No. 20 Wake Forest completed a series sweep over Notre Dame with a 5-1 victory Sunday afternoon at David F. Couch Ballpark.

The Demon Deacons (28-10, 12-6 ACC) blasted three home runs and took advantage of another strong pitching effort to take down the Fighting Irish (15-20, 7-11 ACC) for the third straight day.

Stuart Fairchild, Johnny Aiello and Jonathan Pryor each had two hits and a home run to lead the offense, while Connor Johnstone set a new career-high with eight strikeouts over 7.0 innings of one-run, five-hit ball to earn the win and improve to 5-0. Griffin Roberts pitched 2.0 hitless innings in relief, as well.

In the bottom of the first, Pryor walked and Fairchild singled. Fairchild stole second base and the throw to second was mishandled, allowing Pryor to scamper home for the first run of the game.

Fairchild knocked an opposite-field homer in the third, his 11th of the season, to double the lead to 2-0.

Aiello drilled a 441-foot homer in the fourth to bring home Breazeale and make the score 4-0, and Pryor added a 429-foot blast to right-center to close out the scoring for the Deacs.

The only run of the game for the Irish came in the seventh, when Cole Daily singled and scored on a Daniel Jung double.

For Wake Forest, Jake Mueller also added a multi-hit game and Nick DiPonzio went 1-for-2 in his first start in over a month.

• During its undefeated week in which the team went 5-0, Wake Forest didn't commit a single error.
• The Demon Deacons are now 18-0 when they play error-free baseball this season.
• Wake Forest also matched its season-high by turning three double plays Sunday.

• With hits in all five games this week, Stuart Fairchild has now reached base safely in 39 straight games dating back to 2016.
• This week, he hit .500 (11-for-22) with three doubles, four home runs and 14 RBIs as the Deacs went 5-0.

• Wake Forest is off to a 12-6 start in ACC play, a mark that ranks fourth overall in the conference.
• The Demon Deacons have claimed five of the six ACC series they played, including a sweep of Notre Dame and 2-of-3 wins over NC State, Duke, Georgia Tech and Miami. Wake Forest took 1-of-3 at Louisville.

• Wake Forest takes on Charlotte at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before traveling to top-five Clemson over the weekend.



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