Williamson's Grand Slam Gives Deacs 7-5 Victory Over Elon

May 1, 2012

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mac Williamson launched a grand slam over the left field wall in the fourth inning to lead Wake Forest to a 7-5 victory over Elon on Tuesday evening at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

With the win, Wake Forest improves to 27-19 on the season while Elon drops to 26-21 overall. Nate Jones earned the win for the Deacs to improve to 3-0 overall, while Ryan Pennell suffered the loss for the Phoenix. Michael Dimock earned his 11th save of the season for Wake Forest by pitching 1.1 scoreless innings.

Pat Blair, Kevin Jordan and Williamson each recorded a hit on the day for Wake Forest, while Carlos Lopez and Conor Keniry each notched an RBI.

Elon scored three runs in the top of the first, but Wake Forest responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own. Blair led off the inning with a triple to right field, and after back-to-back walks by Keniry and Williamson, Lopez drew a bases-loaded walk to bring home Blair. Charlie Morgan then grounded to short to plate Keniry for the Deacs' second run of the inning.

The scoring continued for both teams in the second inning as Elon picked up a pair of runs in the top of the second, and the Deacs added one more to their total in the bottom of the inning.

Kevin Jordan led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Mark Rhine drew a walk and Evan Stephens laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Jordan to third and Rhine to second. Two batters later, Keniry reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Jordan to come home from third to score.

After a scoreless third inning from both teams, Williamson launched his grand slam in the fourth to push the Deacs in front 7-5. Stephens drew a one-out walk and Blair was hit by a pitch to get the rally started. Keniry then walked to load the bases before Williamson stepped to the plate and launched his second gram slam and 14th home run of the season. Williamson' first grand slam came on February 24 in a 10-2 win over UMBC.

Neither team scored for the remainder of the game, as Niko Spezial, Nate Jones, John McLeod, Justin Van Grouw and Dimock combined to pitch 7.1 innings of relief without giving up a run.

The Deacs return to action tomorrow evening when they travel to Elon for a 6 p.m. contest.



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