Keniry's Walk-Off Double Lifts Deacs Past BC, 2-1, in Extras
May 6, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Conor Keniry hit a walk-off double into right center field that scored Pat Blair from first base to give the Wake Forest baseball team a 2-1 win over Boston College in 10 innings Friday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
The win puts the Demon Deacons at 18-26 on the year at 8-14 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles are now 16-27 overall and 7-17 in conference action. With eight wins in the conference, Wake Forest is now just one behind Virginia Tech in the win column for the eighth spot in the ACC.
With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Blair drew a four-pitch walk to put a runner on base. Keniry took a first pitch ball and fouled off the next pitch to go to 1-1. After two more outside the strike zone, he fouled off another pitch to run the count full. With Blair off on the pitch, Keniry got a fastball and drove it into right center field for the game-winning hit.
Brian Holmes and Michael Dimock were sensational on the mound, allowing just a combined four hits and one run. Holmes started and went 7.1 innings with three strikeouts. Dimock earned the win to improve to 4-1 on the year. He was nearly perfect, retiring eight of the nine batters he faced and giving up just one walk.
Hunter Gordon took the loss for Boston College in 2.1 innings of work and falls to 1-3.
Neither team allowed a run through the first five innings before the Eagles drew first blood in the top of the sixth. Back-to-back, two-out doubles by Anthony Melchionda and Andrew Lawrence allowed Boston College to take a 1-0 lead.
Nate Bayuk kept the Deacs off the board in the bottom of the sixth, but Carlos Lopez changed that in the bottom of the seventh when he hit his ninth home run of the season over the left field wall to tie the game.
Lopez was 2-for-3 and was intentionally walked to reach base three times on the night.
Holmes retired the first batter he faced in the top of the eighth before being replaced. Dimock retired the first seven batters he faced before giving up a two-out walk to Brad Zapenas. His 2.2 innings of shutout baseball dipped his season ERA down to 1.93.
Blair ended the game 1-for-3 with two walks, while Jack Carey also picked up a hit in a pinch hit appearance.
Wake Forest and Boston College will be back in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 4:06 p.m.