Deacs Drop 8-6 Decision to Hokies in Game One of Doubleheader
April 21, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kevin Jordan recorded a pair of hits and Brian Holmes struck out six batters in seven innings of work, but it was not quite enough as Wake Forest dropped an 8-6 decision to Virginia Tech on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park in the first game of a doubleheader.
Pat Blair, Conor Keniry, Mac Williamson, Carlos Lopez, Brett Armour and Evan Stephens each notched a hit in the game, while Keniry drove in a pair of runs. Blair, Lopez and Charlie Morgan also drove in a run apiece on the day.
With the loss, the Deacs fall to 24-16 on the season (8-12 ACC), while Virginia Tech improves to 27-14 (8-12 ACC) on the year. Jack Fischer picked up the loss for Wake Forest, and Clark Labitan claimed the win for the Hokies.
Holmes threw the first seven innings for the Deacs, allowing seven hits and four runs while recording six strikeouts. Fischer entered the game in the eighth and allowed just one earned run and two hits to go along with three strikeouts over two innings of work.
The Hokies got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning, but the Deacs responded with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning. Keniry was hit by a pitch and Mac Williamson followed with a single to right field before Lopez roped the second pitch of his at bat down the left field line for an RBI double that plated Keniry and advanced Williamson to third.
Morgan then sent a sacrifice fly into center field to score Williamson from third and give Wake Forest an early 2-1 advantage.
Jordan led off the second inning with a single through the left side, and a wild pitch allowed him to move to second base. Armour was then hit by a pitch to get on base, and Stephens followed with a sacrifice bunt back to the pitcher to advance Jordan to third and Armour to second.
Jordan came home when Pat Blair grounded out to third, and a single up the middle by Keniry one batter later plated Armour for the Deacs' fourth run of the game.
Virginia Tech added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to tie the game up at four apiece, but Holmes went on to retire seven consecutive batters from the fifth through the seventh innings, including three strikeouts during the span.
Rhine made a tremendous defensive play at third base in the eighth to prevent a base hit, knocking down a sharply hit ground ball to third and making the throw to first in time for the first out of the inning.
Virginia Tech's Ronnie Shaban homered later in the eighth to score the go-ahead run and reclaim the lead at 5-4, and the Hokies would add three more runs in the ninth to extend their lead to 8-4.
Wake Forest threatened in the ninth as Armour began the inning with a single to left field, and Stephens reached base one batter later on a fielder's choice. Blair then singled to left field to advance Stephens to second, and a wild pitch moved Stephens over to third and Blair down to second.
Stephens came home to score on a groundout to short by Keniry, and Williamson then reached base on an error by the third baseman that allowed Blair to score the Deacs' sixth and final run of the game.
The second game of today's doubleheader and final game of the series with the Hokies is scheduled for this afternoon. Stay tuned to WakeForestSports.com for a complete recap following the game.