Craig Lifts Wake Forest in 8-3 Victory over Charlotte
April 22, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Will Craig had five RBIs including a three-run home run on Tuesday as Wake Forest defeated Charlotte 8-3 in non-conference action.
Craig belted his eighth home run of the season in the seventh inning and had a two-RBI single in the fifth for Wake Forest (26-17, 12-9 ACC) who scored eight unanswered over the visiting 49ers (11-25-1).
The Deacs had great production out of Evan Stephens and Grant Shambley at the top of the lineup. Stephens went 2-for-2 with two runs and three walks while Shambley recorded three hits, one run and one RBI. Ben Breazeale added two hits while Matt Conway and Nate Mondou each had an RBI in the win.
Connor Johnstone got the start on the mound and struck out four in 4.1 innings. Parker Dunshee earned the win after going 2.2 innings pitched while Nate Jones pitched the last two innings. Charlotte got just one hit after the fifth inning.
Wake Forest went down early 3-0 but fought back to score eight runs, outhitting Charlotte 12-9.
The 49ers took a 2-0 lead off an RBI-single from Logan Sherer and added a third run in the top of the second inning to make it a three-run advantage.
Wake Forest responded with two runs in the bottom of the third inning as Shambley lined a base hit that deflected off the pitcher for a run. Conway followed later in the frame as he grounded out to third but it scored Stephens to make it a 3-2 game.
The Demon Deacons turned a great double play in the fourth inning as Charlotte had runners on the corners with two outs. Johnstone picked the runner off at first but soon caught the runner at third in a rundown trying to score. After the runner was tagged out trying to score, Shambley covered third base to tag the runner from second out on the advance which ended the inning.
In the fifth inning, Mondou hit a sacrifice fly to even the game after Stephens walked and Shambley doubled. Later in the inning, Craig singled to center field which brought home two runs, putting Wake Forest up 5-3.
Conway and Conor Keniry opened the seventh with singles followed by Craig who homered to left field, making it an 8-3 lead for the Demon Deacons.
Nate Jones pitched two scoreless innings as the Deacs closed out the game. Brandon Vogler took the loss for Charlotte as starter Brock Hudgens went only two innings. Logan Sherer had two RBIs for the 49ers.
Wake Forest and Charlotte will meet again on Wednesday in Charlotte with a first pitch at 6 p.m.