No. 17 Deacs Defeat Eagles, 15-5
May 5, 2017

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Boston College plated a trio of first-inning runs, but No. 17 Wake Forest answered with 12 consecutive runs en route to a 15-5 series-opening victory at David F. Couch Ballpark on Friday night.

Gavin Sheets (3-for-5, six RBIs) and Keegan Maronpot (three RBIs) led the Demon Deacons (31-13, 14-8 ACC) with two home runs apiece as the Wake Forest offense totaled 18 hits, including four doubles and four homers.

Ben Breazeale went 4-for-4 with two doubles and Johnny Aiello added a 3-for-5 effort, as well.

The Eagles (18-25, 7-18 ACC) started the game with four straight hits, including a three-run homer by Michael Strem to pull in front early.

Wake Forest responded with six runs in the second. After a Bruce Steel sacrifice fly, the Deacs tallied six consecutive two-out hits. That included an RBI double by Logan Harvey and RBI singles from Jonathan Pryor, Stuart Fairchild and a two-run Sheets single as Wake Forest pulled in front, 6-3.

Following a Jake Mueller bunt single, Sheets blasted a two-run homer to right-center to extend the margin to 8-3.

Both Maronpot and Sheets homered in the fifth, and Fairchild added a sac fly in the four-run inning as the lead increased to 12-3.

After a two-run Brian Dempsey single for the Eagles in the seventh, the Deacs capped the scoring on a wild pitch and two-run moonshot by Maronpot in the eighth.

Wake Forest starter Parker Dunshee settled down after the first, tossing five straight scoreless innings before being chased in the seventh. He struck out seven in 6.1 frames and earned the win to improve to 8-1.

In relief, Chris Farish struck out the only two batters he faced and John McCarren fanned four over 2.0 perfect innings to close out the win.

Jacob Stevens was saddled with the loss for Boston College, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings.

YEAR TO REMEMBER
• Wake Forest junior Gavin Sheets surpassed 2016 National Player of the Year Will Craig's home run (16) and RBI (66) totals from a year ago. With two blasts and six RBIs, Sheets now has 17 homers and 69 RBIs.
• Sheets ranks just outside the top 10 in the record books in each category. Four Deacs are tied for seventh with 18 homers in a season, while Dave Lardieri's 72 RBIs in 1997 ranks 10th in a season.

DOUBLE DIGITS
• With Keegan Maronpot's two-homer game, Wake Forest now has four players with double-digit homers: Gavin Sheets (17), Johnny Aiello (15), Stuart Fairchild (11) and Maronpot (10).
• The last time at least four Deacs were in double digits was 2001.
Bruce Steel ranks right behind with nine homers this season.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS
• Wake Forest senior Parker Dunshee continued his climb in the record books.
• He inched closer to the top spot in career strikeouts, surpassing 300, and now sits 10 away from John Hendricks' record of 312.
• He also earned his 27th all-time win, a mark which ranks fourth in program history and most since Kyle Sleeth had 31 from 2001-03.

ON DECK
• Game two of the series is set for Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

 

 

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