Wake Forest Falls to UNC Greensboro, 13-7
April 21, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Five RBIs from Alex Frederick helped lead UNC-Greensboro to a 13-7 win over Wake Forest in a slugfest Wednesday at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the loss, the Deacons fall to 10-30 on the season while the Spartans improve to 16-21.
The Deacs took an early 1-0 lead with one run in the bottom of the first, but the Spartans answered right back with two runs in the top of the second to go ahead 2-1. UNC-Greensboro blew the game open with six runs in the top of the third to extend the lead to 8-1. The Deacs would get within four runs at 11-7 after six innings, but Warren Slack ended the game by pitching 3.2 scoreless innings for UNCG to extinguish any hope of a comeback.
The teams combined to use 15 pitchers, 10 from Wake and five from UNCG. Alex Shelton (1-0) got the win for the Spartans, giving up two earned runs on three hits in 2.1 innings pitched. Slack picked up his first save of the season after giving up only two hits and no runs in the final 3.2 innings. UNCG starter Matt Parish was knocked out of the game in the second inning after giving up one run on four hits.
Starter Alex Wiesner (0-2) got the loss for the Deacons, giving up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts in two innings pitched.
Mark Rhine led Wake Forest at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a double and run scored. The four hits set a new career high for the Demon Deacon freshman. Pat Blair had a double and drove in three runs in addition to scoring a run. Mike Murray went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Frederick went 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs and a run scored for the Spartans. Zach Leach went 2-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs.
The Deacons struck first in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Ryan Semeniuk hit a one-out single down the left field line and reached second when the left fielder mishandled the ball. After Brooks flied out to center, Semeniuk advanced to third on a wild pitch.Murray smacked a double to the gap in left center, scoring Semeniuk. Mac Williamson grounded out to second to end the inning.
UNC-Greensboro scored two two-out runs in the top of the second to take a 2-1 lead. Ray Quinones hit a two-out single to right. Zach Leach followed with a popup to shallow right that glanced off the glove of a diving Mac Williamson for a single. Quinones came all the way around to score on the play and even the game. Kris Richards then singled through the left side and Wiesner hit Frederick with a pitch to load the bases. Harry Slade hit a infield single to third that scored Richards to give the Spartans the lead. Drew Gehringer popped out to Shane Kroker to allow the Deacs to escape with no further damage.
The Deacons loaded the bases in the bottom of the second but could not push any runs across. Carlos Lopez led off the bottom of the second with a walk and Matt Conway followed with a single to right. After Kroker hit an infield fly to the shortstop, Mark Rhine singled to right-center, loading the bases and chasing Parish from the game. New pitcher Tyler Hollstegge got Pat Blair to foul out to the first baseman and Semeniuk flied out to center to end the inning.
The Spartans batted around in the top of the third, scoring six runs to extend their lead to 8-1. Corey Overholtzer led off the inning with a double and reached third base on a wild pitch. New pitcher Gabe Feldman hit Lloyd Enzor with a pitch to put runners on the corners. Ed Jayjack singled to the right side to drive in Overholtzer. A wild pitch from Feldman allowed the runners to advance to second and third. Feldman walked Quinones on four pitches to load the bases. Leach hit a chopper through the middle for a single that scored Enzor.
The merry-go-round continued as Richards singled up the middle to plate Jayjack and end Feldman's night. Frederick crushed a double to left-center that drove in two more runs. Slade hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Richards. Gehringer walked to again put runners at the corners. Batting for the second time in the inning, Overholtzer grounded to second and the Deacons got the out at second base before Overholtzer beat out the attempted double play. Enzor grounded out to second to end the inning.
The Deacons got two runs back in the bottom of the third to cut the Greensboro lead to 8-3.Brooks led off with a hard-hit double to left-center. Murray grounded out to second, advancing Brooks to third base. Williamson hit a high chopper over the head of the third baseman for a single that drove in Brooks. Williamson advanced to second on a passed ball and then stole third, scoring on the play when the throw from the catcher got by the third baseman.
Greensboro scored two runs in the top of the fourth on a two-out double from Frederick to push its lead to 10-3. Jayjack led off the fourth inning with a long single off the wall in right field. Quinones followed with a double over the head of Brooks in center that advanced Jayjack to third. Leach grounded out to third for the second out of the inning. Frederick hit a double to left-center that drove in two runs. Slade grounded out to the second to end the inning.
Wake Forest scored one in the bottom of the fourth, making the score 10-4. Kroker led off the bottom of the frame with a soft single to shallow centerfield. Rhine ripped a grounder down the left field line for a double, sending Kroker to third base. Blair grounded to the second baseman, scoring Kroker.
The Spartans added another run in the top of the sixth to extend their lead to 11-4. Quinones walked to lead off the inning and followed by stealing second. Richards singled to left-center putting runners at the corner. Frederick singled through the left side, driving in Quinones.
The Deacons scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull within four at 11-7. Conway led off the inning with a single up the middle. Kroker reached first on a fielder's choice. Rhine singled to the right side, sending Kroker to second. Blair lined a double to the gap in left-center, scoring both runners. Semeniuk singled to the left side, advancing Blair to third. Greensboro pitcher Warren Slack walked Brooks to load the bases. Murray hit a sacrifice fly to left that scored Blair and sent Semeniuk to third. Mac Williamson fouled out to end the inning.
The Spartans picked up two insurance runs in the top of the ninth to extend the lead to 13-7. Barker reached first after being hit by a pitch from Eli Robins, and Overholtzer walked to put runners on first and second. Enzor doubled to right field, plating Barker. Overholtzer then scored on a wild pitch.
Wake Forest will host ACC-rival Duke in a three-game series this weekend, starting on Friday at 6 p.m.
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