Wake Forest Sweeps Elon with 17-6 Win
May 1, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
ELON, N.C. - One night after Wake Forest and Elon combined for just three runs and 15 hits in a 13-inning game, the two teams combined for 21 runs and 26 hits, as the Demon Deacons completed the season sweep with a 17-6 win on Wednesday night at Latham Park.
Armour and Rhine both collected three hits on the night, while Grant Shambley drove in a career-best four runs. Armour was 3-for-5 with a career-high two triples, two RBIs and a walk. Rhine and Conor Keniry each doubled in the game with two RBIs and three RBIs, respectively.
Pat Blair also supplied an extra-base hit with his third home run of the season. Stephens reached base five times with two hits and three walks and was able to steal third base twice.
With the win, Wake Forest improves to 26-23 overall, while Elon drops to 23-25.
The game was back-and-forth early before Wake Forest took the lead for good in the top of the sixth inning. The Demon Deacons took the first lead of the game 2-0 after an RBI double by Keniry in the second and a solo home run by Blair to lead off the third.
The Phoenix tied the score with two runs in the bottom of the third inning and took its only lead of the series at 5-2 with three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Demon Deacons quickly retook the lead in the top of the fifth, however, on after an RBI single by Armour, a sacrifice fly by Shambley and a two-run single by Keniry.
Elon again tied the game with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Deacs went on top for good with another four spot in the sixth. Blair drove in the first run of the inning on a sac fly. Three batters later Shambley drove in two with a single to right field and moved to second on the throw home. Charlie Morgan then scored him with a single up the middle.
Wake Forest punctuated the victory by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring seven runs on four hits in the ninth inning. Rhine scored two with a double, Armour brought a run home with his second triple of the game and Shambley supplied his fourth RBI with a single. The Deacs also benefited on a wild pitch and two Elon errors.
Colin Egan earned the win and remained undefeated at 3-0 in 2.2 innings of work, and Danny Lynch picked up the loss for the Phoenix.
Wake Forest will have eight days off to focus on final exams. The Demon Deacons will next play at home against Miami, with the three-game series beginning on Friday, May 10.