Deacs Capture Series Opener with 5-1 Win over Virginia Tech
Tim Cooney went 8.0 innings and struck out eight batters to earn his fifth win of the season.

April 20, 2012

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mac Williamson blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and Tim Cooney recorded eight strikeouts in eight innings of work to lead Wake Forest to a 5-1 victory over Virginia Tech on Friday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

With the win, Wake Forest improves to 24-15 (8-11 Atlantic Coast Conference) on the season while Virginia Tech drops to 26-14 (7-12 ACC).

Cooney picked up the win for Wake Forest to move to 5-3 on the season, while Joe Mantiply took the loss for Virginia Tech. Cooney struck out eight batters, allowed just four hits and one run and has now pitched eight innings in back-to-back starts.

John McLeod entered the game in relief in the ninth inning, recording two strikeouts to preserve the win for the Demon Deacons.

Williamson went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, two hits, a walk and a pair of RBIs. Jack Carey recorded two hits on the day for the Deacs, while Pat Blair, Conor Keniry, Brett Armour and Charlie Morgan each recorded a hit in the game.

Blair singled up the middle in the first inning to start things off for the Deacs, and two batters later, Williamson blasted his ACC-leading 12th home run of the season over the left field wall to plate Blair and give Wake Forest a 2-0 advantage. With his single in the first inning, Blair had reached base in 10 straight plate appearances, dating back to last Sunday's win over Georgia Tech.

Virginia Tech picked up one run in the top of the third, but the Deacs scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth to go on top, 5-1.

Blair once again provided the offensive spark for Wake Forest in the fifth inning, drawing a one-out walk and stealing second. One batter later, Keniry doubled to right center to plate Blair for the Deacs' first run of the inning.

Williamson and Carlos Lopez then drew back-to-back walks to advance Keniry over to third, and Keniry came home to score on a fielder's choice when Mark Rhine grounded to shortstop. Armour followed with a single to right field to score Williamson for the Deacs' fifth and final run of the game.

Game 2 of the series has been moved to 12 p.m. tomorrow and Game 3 will follow shortly after the conclusion. The Deacons and the Hokies will now play a doubleheader because of heavy rains in the forecast for Sunday.



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