Blair Reaches Base Six Times in Deacs' 10-2 Win over UNCG
April 18, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Pat Blair had an excellent day at the top of the order by reaching base six times and helping Wake Forest defeat UNCG, 10-2, Tuesday evening at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The win pushes the Demon Deacons' record to 23-15 on the year, while the Spartans remain above .500 at 18-17.
Blair went 2-for-2 with three walks and was hit by a pitch to reach base six times. He also scored twice, drove in a pair of runs and stole two bases.
Stephens went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two walks, while Morgan went 2-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a triple. Morgan now has three triples on the year and is still the only Demon Deacon record a triple all season.
Niko Spezial picked up the win to improve to 2-0 on the year after pitching scoreless fifth and sixth innings of relief. Connor Kaden did not allow a run in his first-career start, going two innings, while Nate Jones, Zach White and Daniel Marrs also kept UNCG off the board in their outings.
UNCG starter Brennan James suffered the loss after giving up three runs to the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest got things started immediately in the top of the first inning when Blair led off the game with a walk. Keniry singled to left center to put runners on first and second, and Williamson brought home the first run of the game with a single to right center, moving Keniry to third in the process.
Lopez then singled to score Keniry, and Morgan followed with a ground out to shortstop that scored Williamson.
The second and third innings were scoreless for both teams, and after the Spartans held Wake Forest off the board in the top of the fourth as well, they scored two runs to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Demon Deacons scored three runs in the sixth inning, which took a long time to complete due to a two-hour rain delay. Before the rain hit, Morgan led off the inning with a triple to right center, and three batters later, Jack Carey brought him home on a fielder's choice. A walk by Stephens followed by a wild pitch to Blair put a pair of runners in scoring position.
With the count 2-1 to Blair, the game was delayed due to the rain shower. After two hours, Blair stepped back into the box, battled to a full count and laced a single into left center to score both runners and make the game 6-2.
The Deacs then got two more in the seventh and two more in the eighth to cap off the scoring.
Back-to- back two-out single by Morgan and Rhine put runners on first and second for Shambley, who singled into left field. The ball was then misplayed by UNCG fielder, allowing both Morgan and Rhine to score and letting Shambley scamper all the way to third base.
In the eighth, Williamson reached first on catcher's interference with the bases loaded to plate Stephens, and Blair would later score on a wild pitch.
Wake Forest will be back in action this weekend when it hosts Virginia Tech for a three-game series at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m., Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. and Game 3 is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m.