Wake Forest Outslugs Liberty, 21-12
April 22, 2003
Winston-Salem, N.C. -- The Wake Forest baseball team batted around three times in a 21-12 victory over the visiting Liberty Flames on Tuesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
Eleven Deacons had hits led by Chris Getz' 4-for-4 day. Adam Bourassa was 3-for-4 and five Wake Forest hitters had two hits a piece including Jamie D'Antona who drilled his ACC-leading 16th home run of the year. It was D'Antona's 53rd career home run to put him into the ACC's all-time top ten in that category.
The Deacons (24-15) came out swinging in the first inning, scoring five runs while sending 12 batters to the plate. Liberty (11-27) rallied to take a 7-6 lead with three runs in the third and four runs in the fifth inning.
But Wake Forest's bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth for three runs, six runs in the sixth, five runs in the seventh and a final run in the eighth to take a 21-10 lead into the ninth inning. Wake Forest batted around in the fifth and sixth innings.
In the fifth, the Deacons captured the lead when Ben Ingold and Getz led off with consecutive singles. After Steve LeFaivre walked, Steven Malinowski tied the game on a fielder's choice. On the same play, Liberty second baseman Larry Wayne York threw the ball away, trying to get the out at first. Ingold scored on the error to give the Deacons the 8-7 lead.
Freshman reliever Kirby Wedekind (1-0) was credited with win, his first collegiate victory. Liberty's Robbie Saville (0-2) took the loss for the Flames.
As a team, Wake Forest hammered out 21 hits, but only two of them were of the extra base variety. Both pitching staffs
struggled to find the plate as five Deacon pitchers walked 12 batters and five Liberty pitchers walked 10.
Ryan Hubbard stole his ACC-leading 29th base of the season while Adam Bourassa swiped his 26th. Hubbard's 29 steals are the most by a Deacon in a single season since Billy Masse stole 35 in 1988.
A highlight of the game was the first career base hit for sophomore catcher Jonathan Portnoy. Portnoy, a native of St. Louis, Mo., lined a hard-hit single into center field while pinch hitting in the eighth inning. Portnoy is now 1-for-3 as a hitter in a Deacon uniform.
The Deacons continue to blast non-conference pitching, averaging more than 11 runs per game while allowing just 4.3 runs to out of conference foes. The team's 21 runs were the fourth time the Deacons have scored 20 or more runs in a game this year.
Wake Forest will travel to Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday to face Wofford. Freshman Kyle Young will get the start against the Terriers. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.