Deacs Take Series from BC with DH Sweep
April 20, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest was able to take both games of a doubleheader against Boston College to earn the series victory, winning Game 1 5-1 and Game 2 9-2 on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the pair of wins, the Demon Deacons move to 22-20 overall and 6-14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Boston College is now 6-32 overall and remains winless in the ACC at 0-19
Justin Van Grouw set the tone on the mound for the Deacs by pitching a career-long 8.2 innings in the first game. He gave up just three hits and one run while striking out five batters.
On the offensive side, Pat Blair had an excellent day by going 5-for-8 with a walk, two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored. Evan Stephens added four hits, while Matt Conway and Charlie Morgan each had three hits apiece on the day.
Wake Forest and Boston College will wrap up the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The game will be broadcast live on the ACC Digital Network. In addition, Wake Forest will continue to donate all of the proceeds from this weekend's games to The One Fund Boston to help those families most affected by Monday's tragedy.
For more details from each game, check out the game recaps below.
Game 1 Recap
After Van Grouw exited the game in the ninth with two runners on board, Aaron Fossas came on to record the final out and earn his first-career save in the process.
Van Grouw had a no-hitter through 4.1 innings, and after Stephen Sauter singled in the fifth, he went on to retire seven consecutive batters. The Eagles did not record a hit off of Van Grouw again until a leadoff double in the top of the ninth by Joe Cronin.
Matt Conway was the only player for either team in Game 1 to pick up multiple hits. He went 2-for-4 with a double, a run and an RBI. Blair and Jack Carey both had doubles, as well, for the Demon Deacons.
BC's Hunter Gordon also pitched well on the mound and was perfect through three and did not surrender a hit until there were two outs in the fourth. Stephens led off the fourth with a walk and moved all the way to third on a sacrifice bunt by Conor Keniry. Blair then brought him home on an error by the BC shortstop. Conway and Carey then recorded back-to-back doubles to make the score 3-0.
The Deacs tacked on two more in the fifth after Blair brought home Mark Rhine and Stephens on a double to center field.
Game 2 Recap
Blair led the way by going 4-for-5 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a double, as Stephens and Morgan had three hits and two hits, respectively. Morgan and Matt Conway both had doubles in the game to go along with Blair.
Boston College took a lead with a run in the top of the first inning, but the Deacs answered with a pair in the bottom of the inning after a two-run single by Morgan.
Leading 2-1, Wake Forest took a commanding lead by sending 11 men to the plate and scoring seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Blair and Morgan led off with a single and a double, and Conway loaded the bases with a walk. Two batters later, Kevin Conway brought home the first run of the inning with a bases loaded walk. Brett Armour then singled and moved each runner up a base to make the game 4-1.
Both Conways then scored on a fielder's choice and an error by the BC shortstop, making the game 6-1, and Stephens put Wake Forest up 7-1 on a sacrifice fly to bring home Armour.
After Rhine was hit by a pitch, Blair then recorded his second double of the day to plate two more runs and make the game 9-1.
Jack Fischer got the win by pitching 2.0 innings of relief without giving up a hit or a run and striking out two batters. Colin Egan was also able to pitch a scoreless inning of relief, as he finished the game in the ninth for the Demon Deacons.