Deacs Sweep Eagles after 11-Inning Win in Finale

April 21, 2013

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By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Joey Rodriguez scored all the way from second base on a two-out, infield single by Brett Armour to give Wake Forest a 10-9 win in 11 innings and the series sweep over Boston College on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

Jack Carey got things started in the bottom of the 11th for Wake Forest with a double that landed on the left field line. Rodriguez pinch ran for him and came around to score two batters later. Armour hit a chopper in the hole at shortstop, and Joe Cronin's throw was not in time at first base. Moving on contact, Rodriguez was going home all the way and scored before a throw was even made to the plate.

With the sweep, the Demon Deacons improve to 23-20 overall and 7-14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Boston College goes to 6-33 overall and stays winless at 0-20 in conference action.

Aaron Fossas (1-0) picked up his first-career win by pitching the final 3.2 innings of the game for the Deacs. Fossas allowed just two hits and struck out a batter without surrendering a run. Nick Poore (0-2) suffered the loss.

Mark Rhine reached base five times with three hits, two walks and two runs scored for the Demon Deacons. Conor Keniry and Grant Shambley each picked up two hits apiece as well.

Big innings where the theme of the game early, but neither team was able to push a run across the board after the sixth inning until Wake Forest scored in the 11th.

Boston College jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The Eagles had five hits in the inning, but two Wake Forest errors aided BC and proved all seven runs to be unearned.

Wake Forest answered immediately, though, with five runs in the bottom half of the third and three more in the fourth. Keniry and Shamble led off the third with a single and a double, and both guys came around to score when Evan Stephens reached on an error by the shortstop. Rhine singled and Pat Blair walked to load the bases, and Matt Conway doubled to bring home two. Kevin Conway then scored Blair from third on a sac fly to make the game 7-5.

In the bottom of the fourth, Blair, Matt Conway and Kevin Conway all drew bases-loaded walks to bring home the three runs.

Rhine singled to left field in the fifth inning to score Keniry from third base after he singled, moved to second on a sacrifice by Shambley and moved to third on a bunt single by Stephens. That run gave the Deacs a 9-7 lead after five innings.

Boston College scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to make the game 9-9, and that is where it stood until Armour's walk-off single in the 11th. Niko Spezial came in with one out in the sixth inning and pitched two scoreless innings of relief before handing the ball off to Fossas who kept the Eagles off the board long enough for his offense to provide a run.

Wake Forest will be on the road for the next four games, beginning with a contest at Winthrop on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

 

 

 

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