Shambley Drives in Game Winner in 13th against Elon
April 30, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - With one out and Brett Armour on third base in the bottom of the 13th inning, Grant Shambley hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Armour and gave Wake Forest a 2-1 win over Elon on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Armour reached first base with one out by singling sharply to center field. A wild pickoff attempt by Elon hurler Ryan Pennell then went into right field and allowed Armour to scamper all the way to third base. Shambley then lined a ball to center, and Armour was able to score the game-winning run.
The dramatic win lifted the Demon Deacons to 25-23 on the year, while the loss dropped the Phoenix just below .500 at 23-24.
The game was dominated by excellent pitching, as the two teams combined for just 15 hits through the 13 innings. Jack Fischer went a season-long 6.1 innings in his start and allowed just one run and four hit. Aaron Fossas then came on for the Deacs and pitched a career-best 5.2 innings. Fossas gave up three hits and a walk, but he was able to sit Elon down in order in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings to give the Deacs a chance to win. Niko Spezial (4-0) earned the win after replacing Fossas to begin the 13th and continued the trend by retiring the side 1-2-3.
Elon's Nate Young was the man of the night for the Phoenix, pitching 6.0 innings in relief, giving up two hits and striking out nine batters. Pennell (0-2) got the loss although the winning run proved to be unearned.
The Deacs got on the board with one run in the fifth inning. Shambley led off the inning with his first of two walks on the night and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Williams. Shambley then moved to third on a single to left by Joe Napolitano and scored on a single to center field by Rodriguez.
Elon tied the game on a pinch-hit single by Danny Lynch in the seventh before the pitching staffs took over and kept the offenses off the board until the 13th.
Wake Forest and Elon will be right back at it tomorrow when the two teams square off at Elon at 6:30 p.m.