Keniry Fuels Wake Forest in 5-2 Win over No. 5 Florida State

April 20, 2014

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By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Conor Keniry went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs on Sunday as Wake Forest defeated No. 5 Florida State 5-2 in the series finale at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Keniry had an RBI-single in the fourth and an RBI-double in the eighth inning to lead Wake Forest (25-17, 12-9 ACC) offensively. The Demon Deacons fought back from a 2-0 deficit to down Florida State (30-9, 16-5 ACC) after dropping the first two games of the series.

Grant Shambley, Jack Carey and Joey Rodriguez each tallied an RBI in the game while Matt Conway went 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored. Shambley had two hits and a run in the ballgame.

Will Craig got the start on the mound and gave up two runs in the second inning. Parker Dunshee, Nate Jones, Max Tishman, John McCarren and Connor Kaden all pitched in relief as McCarren got the win while Kaden earned the save.

After Florida State led 2-0, Wake Forest responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Shambley singled up the middle to lead off the inning, followed two batters later by Conway who doubled to left field. Carey then grounded out to second, scoring Shambley for the first run of the game.

Keniry followed Carey with an RBI-single to right center field which tied the game at 2-2.

After two scoreless innings, McCarren relieved Tishman in the seventh inning while the Deacs turned a 5-4-3 double play to end the top of the frame. It was one of three double plays the Demon Deacons had on the day.

In the seventh inning, Shambley singled to right center after Ben Breazeale singled earlier in the inning which scored Breazeale from second base. With a 3-2 lead, Kaden replaced McCarren and struck two FSU batters out in the frame to preserve the one-run advantage.

Wake Forest added two insurance runs in the eighth inning as Keniry doubled down the left field line to score Joe Napolitano. Rodriguez singled in the next at bat which put the Deacs up 5-2.

With a runner on second in the ninth inning and Florida State's D.J. Stewart at the plate, Keniry snagged a ball up the middle and threw to first to nab Stewart and close the game out.

Justin Gonzalez and Danny De La Calle each had an RBI to lead the Seminoles. Bryant Holtmann got the start for Florida State and lasted just 4.2 innings. Peter Miller took the loss for the Noles.

Wake Forest is back action on Tuesday when the Demon Deacons host Charlotte at 6 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.



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