Three-Run Ninth Leads Wake Forest Past Winthrop, 5-2
April 24, 2012
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Jack Carey broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth inning with a double to left center that scored Mark Rhine from second base, as Wake Forest defeated Winthrop 5-2 on Tuesday evening at the Winthrop Ballpark.
The Demon Deacons are now 26-16 on the year, while the Eagles fall to 13-29.
Rhine began the top of the ninth by reaching on an error by the first baseman. Grant Shambley then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rhine into scoring position before Carey's rope into the gap.
Carey got an excellent jump and stole third base, and Evan Stephens walked to put runners on the corners. Pat Blair then singled on a high chopper to third base to score Carey and put Wake Forest up 4-2.
Stephens and Blair then completed the double steal, and the throw to get Blair at second went into center field, allowing Stephens to score on the error and capping off the three-run inning.
Rhine was the only Deacon with a multi-hit day, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Kevin Jordan drove in two runs and went 1-for-2 at the plate, as well.
Wake Forest used nine pitchers in the game, none of which pitched more than 2.0 innings. The staff allowed just one earned run and scattered eight hits. Jack Fischer pitched a third of an inning to get the win and improve to 3-3 on the year, while Michael Dimock earned his 10th save of the season by pitching a scoreless bottom of the ninth.
The Demon Deacons got on the board first in the top of the second inning with a pair of runs. With one away, Morgan singled to left field and Rhine beat out an infield single to the pitcher to put two men aboard. After each runner advanced a base on a passed ball, Jordan smoked a double over the head of Winthrop's center fielder to score both runners.
Winthrop cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second and tied the game with an unearned run in the fifth before Carey was able to break the tie in the ninth.
Wake Forest will travel again this weekend when it heads to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to play a three-game series with Boston College.