Wake Forest Walks Off with 4-3 Defeat of Duke in 10 Innings
April 28, 2007
The Demon Deacons had to rally in extra innings after the Blue Devils' Jimmy Gallagher hit a game-tying solo home run in the ninth.
After the Deacs went down in order in their half of the ninth, Linnenkohl got things started in the 10th with a one-out single up the middle. One out later, Allan Dykstra reached on a single to put runners at the corners.
Duke elected to have reliever Michael Seander intentionally walk Willy Fox, who already had two hits on the day, to get to Hood. The sophomore from Nederland, Texas, made Seander and the Blue Devils pay, hitting the first pitch he saw to right center for the game-winning single.
"I started preparing myself when Fox went up to the plate. I knew they were probably going to walk him to get to me," said Hood. "I've been seeing the ball really well lately. I've been in that situation a couple of times this year. I thought it through and saw myself doing it ahead of time. The first pitch was there so I went ahead and hit it."
The victory was Wake Forest's seventh walk-off win of the season and moved the Deacons to 26-22 overall and 10-13 in the ACC. Wake is now 8-11 in one-run games this season. Duke drops to 26-19 overall and 6-17 in conference play with the loss.
Wake Forest starter Garrett Bullock received his third straight no-decision after pitching brilliantly once again. Bullock, who went 10 innings in his start at Boston College last weekend, pitched 7 2/3 innings against Duke. The lefty allowed two runs, one earned, on nine hits. He struck out five and walked two.
"I was trying to go out there and do the best that I can," said Bullock. "I'm just trying to get better every week. In the middle of the season against really good teams like North Carolina, I would get through the fourth time around and they would start to pick up patterns. I changed my patterns around and it helped me get deeper in the games."
On Saturday, Bullock matched up against Duke ace Tony Bajoczky, who came in with five straight wins including three over opponents ranked in the top five in the country. The matchup proved to be as billed, as neither offense could put up a crooked number on the scoreboard.
Wake scored single runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings only to see Duke plate an equalizer after each.
Duke tied it up with a run in the top of the third. Gallagher hit a one-out single, and Jonathan Anderson followed with a double. With Gallagher at third, the Deacs conceded the run letting Matt Williams hit an RBI groundout to short.
Wake Forest re-took the lead with a run in the fourth. Bajoczky hit Dykstra to start the inning. Fox followed with a single, and Hood moved the runners up on a sacrifice bunt. Goff drove in Dykstra with an RBI groundout to short.
Once again, the Blue Devils responded with a run the following inning. Anderson reached on a two-out walk and moved to second on a Williams single. A failed pickoff attempt at first then allowed Anderson to make it to third. Nate Frieman followed with a single up the middle to drive in Anderson for an unearned run.
Duke threatened to take the lead in the sixth, putting runners on second and third with one out. Jonathan Nicolla singled, and Gabby Saade followed with a double to left. With the infield pulled in, Bullock got Kyle Butler to ground out for the second out of the inning. Gallagher followed with another groundout to end the rally with no runs across.
Dykstra gave Wake Forest another one-run lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth. Dykstra hit a 2-2 pitch from Bajoczky for a leadoff home run to rightfield. It was his 16th home run of the season, besting last season's total of 15.
The 3-2 lead held up until Gallagher tied with a leadoff home run off closer Josh Ellis in the ninth.
Ellis (4-2) earned the win for Wake Forest despite the blown save. He pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits. Ellis struck out five batters, including four straight between the ninth and 10th innings.
Dykstra, Fox and Hood had two hits each to lead the Deacon hitters. Dykstra finished 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, while Hood was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Ben Terry saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end, going 0-for-5. Leftfielder Alex Hassan robbed Terry of an RBI single in the fifth. With Tyler Smith at third and two outs, Terry lined a ball to shallow left. Hassan came in to make a diving catch forward on the ball.
Goff had his nine-game hitting streak snapped with an 0-for-4 day.
Seander (0-2) took the loss for Duke. The Blue Devils' closer pitched 2 2/3 innings and surrendered one run on three hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Bajoczky received a no-decision with seven innings of work. The righthander gave up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.
"You have to tip your hat to Duke's pitchers; they were pretty good today," said Hood. "We just have to come out tomorrow and have a lot more offense."
Wake Forest will go for the series sweep of Duke tomorrow afternoon. RHP Charlie Mellies (1-2, 9.00) will make his fourth start of the season for the Deacons. Duke's starting pitcher has yet to be determined. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Hooks Stadium.