Deacs Drop Series Finale to Boston College, 9-5
April 29, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Wake Forest dropped the final game of the series to Boston College, 9-5, on Sunday afternoon at Shea Field.
The win gives the Eagles a series sweep and improves their record to 19-26 overall and 9-15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons fall to 26-19 and share the same 9-15 record with BC in conference play.
Brian Holmes took the loss for the Deacs to drop to 6-2 on the season. Holmes completed 4.0 innings and faced one batter in the fifth, allowing five earned runs, six hits and six walks. Geoffrey Murphy picked up the win for Boston College to improve to 1-1 after throwing 3.0 innings of scoreless relief.
Charlie Morgan reached base four times by going 1-for-2 and drawing a career-high three walks, while Mac Williamson drove in a pair of runs. Evan Stephens and Conor Keniry each drew a pair of walks as well.
Boston College scored first as it had in each of the previous two games as well with a run in the bottom of the first inning, but Wake Forest took its first lead of the series with two runs in the top of the third. With two outs, Stephens started the rally with a walk, Blair followed with a single and Keniry walked to load the bases. Williamson then sent a single through the left side to plate Stephens and Blair.
The Eagles responded with one in the bottom half of the inning to tie the score at 2-2, but Wake Forest went back on top with another run in the fourth. Lopez led off the inning with a double to left center on the first pitch he saw and Morgan followed with one of his three walks. After a wild pitch advanced each runner up a base, Jack Carey hit a deep sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Lopez and put the Deacs back on top.
With two runs in the bottom of the fourth, BC regained the lead and would not relinquish it the rest of the way. The Eagles also scored three in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh.
After a scoreless eighth for both teams, the Demon Deacons threatened in the ninth. Bases loaded walks by Keniry and Lopez made the score 9-5, but BC closer John Gorman came on to get out of the jam and earn his fourth save of the season.
Wake Forest will be back in action this week when it plays a home-and-home series with Elon. The Demon Deacons will play in Winston-Salem at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and in Elon at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.