Deacs Take Non-Conference Tilt with Winthrop 10-2

April 23, 2013

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

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Wake Forest jumped out to a 6-0 lead with two runs in the first, three more in the second in one in the fourth en route to a 10-2 win over Winthrop on Tuesday night at The Winthrop Ballpark.

The win was the fifth straight for the Demon Deacons, as the team improves to 24-20 on the season. In addition, the win was head coach Tom Walters 100th in a Wake Forest uniform.

Matt Conway helped the Deacs in multiple ways by earning the win on the mound and hitting a home run on offense. Conway (2-1) started and went 5.0 innings without giving up an earned run. He allowed just three hits and struck out a batter. His home run at the plate was his third of the season.

Charlie Morgan and Pat Blair also both hit home runs on the day for Wake Forest, while Conor Keniry recorded a triple. Keniry was 2-for-5 on the day and tied a career-high with three RBIs. Morgan (2-for-4) and Evan Stephens (2-for-5) both recorded multiple hits and one walk to reach base three times apiece. Mark Rhine also reached base three times with two walks and a 1-for-1 day at the plate.

The Demon Deacon bullpen was impressive, as Colin Egan, Nate Jones, Connor Kaden, Mark McCoy and Niko Spezial combined to give up just one run in four innings without walking a batter.

Keniry got things rolling early for the Demon Deacons when he laced his team-leading third triple of the season into the right center gap and went into third base standing up. Pat Blair followed with an RBI ground out before Morgan launched his second homer of the year over the right field wall.

Wake Forest added three more runs in the second inning to go up 5-0. Jack Carey led the inning off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored two batters later on an RBI single by Joe Napolitano. Rhine and Stephens followed with singles to load the bases, and Keniry singled through the right side to drive home a pair of runs.

After Kevin Jordan, Rhine and Stephens all walked in the fourth, Keniry drove in his third run of the game by reaching on a fielder's choice to put the Deacs up 6-0.

Winthrop got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Deacs continued to build on their lead with three more runs in the top of the fifth. Morgan reached on an error to lead off the inning, and Conway hit his third home run of the season off of the center field batter's eye. Kevin Conway walked later in the inning and would eventually score on a single by Stephens to make the score 9-1.

The Eagles again put one on the board in the bottom of the sixth, but Blair got that run back for the Demon Deacons when he hit a no-doubter over the left field wall to cap the scoring.

Wake Forest will head to Tallahassee this weekend for a three-game series with No. 6 Florida State. The games are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.



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