Boston College Completes Sweep of Wake Forest with 11-5 Win
April 22, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Boston College fought back from an early 3-0 deficit to post a series-sweeping 11-5 defeat of Wake Forest Sunday afternoon at Shea Field.
The Demon Deacons drop to 22-22 overall and 8-13 in the ACC with their fifth loss in their last six games. The Eagles improve to 16-21-1 overall and 9-12 in conference play.
The three-game sweep allowed BC to overtake the Deacons in the ACC standings. Wake came into the weekend two games up on Boston College and tied for seventh in the conference. But now the Deacs are on the outside looking in at the eight-team ACC Tournament with nine games left in the conference season.
The Deacons were looking to salvage one game out of the series after suffering a pair of heartbreaking one-run defeats the previous two days. Early on, it looked as if Wake do just that and take its frustrations out on the Eagles. The Deacs opened with three runs in the first inning but couldn't get anything going after that.
Wake was out-hit 18-8 and left 13 runners on base. The Demon Deacons put at least two on in each the third, sixth, seventh and ninth innings but managed only two runs combined.
Boston College, on the other hand, used the momentum it gained from Saturday's 17-inning win to overcome an early 3-0 hole.
Wake Forest batted around for three runs off BC starter Dan Houston in the first. Houston walked Ben Terry and Brett Linnenkohl to lead off the inning. After each moved up on a wild pitch, Allan Dykstra drove in Terry with a smash off the pitcher's leg. Dustin Hood followed with a single to center to score Linnenkohl. One out later, Andy Goff capped the rally with a RBI single up the middle.
Boston College scored twice in the second to cut Wake's lead to 3-2. Joseph Ayers hit a one-out double off Wake starter Charlie Mellies, and Peter Frates followed with a single to put runners at the corners. Harry Darling drove in the first run with a sacrifice squeeze. Ryan Hutchinson brought in the other with a single to center, but Hutchinson was cut down at second trying to take an extra base on the play.
The Eagles took the lead with four more runs in the third. Michael Belfiore led off with a double, and Eric Campbell followed with a single one out later. Mike Augustine, Jared McGuire and Ayers then had three straight run-scoring hits. Frates finished off the scoring with a sacrifice fly to give BC a 6-3 lead.
BC continued the onslaught with three runs off reliever Alex Wiesner in the fifth. Ayers, Frates and Darling hit three straight one-out singles to drive in the first run. One out later, Belfiore drilled a two-run single to center, moving the Eagles' lead to 9-3.
Boston College pushed its lead to 11-4 with two runs in the seventh. Ayers led off with a double off Kirby Wedekind and scored two batters later on Darling's double. Belfiore drove in Darling with a two-out single up the middle.
The Deacons put together a two-out rally in the ninth, scoring an unearned run, but it was too little too late. Dykstra was hit by a pitch to lead off, and Goff reached on a two-out error by the shortstop. Smith drove in Dykstra with a single to left, and Hindel followed with a line drive single to third. However, the Eagles made a nice play on a ball up the middle from Williams to end the game with a fielder's choice.
Hindel was the only Deacon with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 with a run. Terry pushed his hitting streak to 11 games with a fourth-inning single, while Linnenkohl saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end.
Mellies (1-2) took the loss for Wake Forest. He went a scheduled four innings, continuing to work his way back from Tommy John surgery. Mellies allowed six runs on 10 hits with a strikeout and a walk. He threw 75 pitches on the day.
Wiesner pitched two innings in relief, allowing three runs on four hits with two strikeouts.
Kirby Wedekind went the final two innings for the Deacs, surrendering two runs four hits with a strikeout.
Houston (3-4) earned the win for BC with six innings of work. The righthander allowed four runs on six hits with three strikeouts and seven walks.
Ayers went 4-for-4 with three runs, and Belfiore and Campbell each had three hits to lead the BC hitters.
Wake Forest returns to action with two road games this week. The Deacons will travel to Charlotte on Tuesday and to Appalachian State on Wednesday.
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