Lopez Homers Twice in Wake Forest's 10-9 Loss to Maryland
May 9, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - David Poutier drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth and Tyler Bennett hit three home runs and drove in eight RBIs as Maryland clinched the weekend series with a 10-9 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Shipley Field.
The Demon Deacons drop to 21-26 and 6-20 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while Maryland improves to 26-26 and 9-20 in league play.
With Wake Forest trailing 9-8 in the top of the ninth, the Deacs scored a run to tie the game. Weldon Woodall was hit by a pitch with one out. After pinch hitter Austin Stadler popped out to short for the second out of the inning, pinch hitter Tyler Smith hit a deep fly ball to right field. Maryland rightfielder A.J. Casario made a leaping attempt and got a glove on the ball to keep it from going over the fence. However, the ball landed on the warning track, allowing Woodall to score from first to tie the game. Lopez then nearly gave Wake Forest the lead, but Dan Benick, the Maryland centerfielder made a running catch at the wall to end the inning.
Maryland got a run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. Mike Murphy started the rally with a single. Will Greenberg doubled off the top of the wall in left field to advance Murphy to third. With the infield in and one out, Poutier hit a ground ball to short. Dustin Hood's throw home was late as Murphy slid home with the game-winning run.
Two players provided most of the offense on the day as Lopez went 2-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and tied a career-high with six RBIs for Wake Forest, while Bennett blasted three round-trippers and tied a school record with eight RBIs for Maryland.
The multi-homer game for Lopez was his second of the season and brought his season total to 12 home runs, which places him in sixth on the Wake Forest home run list for freshmen.
Dan Gentzler picked up the win in relief for Maryland to improve to 3-2. He gave up a run, which ended his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 15 2/3, and a hit in two innings of work.
Zach White suffered the loss for the Demon Deacons to drop to 4-1 on the season. He allowed a run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Michael Dimock started for Wake Forest and gave up nine runs, seven of them earned, on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three.
The Demon Deacons struck first with two runs in the top of the second inning. Woodall led off the inning with a single to center. Bentley Heyman struck out swinging and Shane Kroker grounded out to first for the first two outs of the inning. Lopez launched a 3-2 pitch over the left-center field fence for his 11th home run of the season to give Wake Forest a 2-0 lead.
Maryland answered back wit a two-run home run of its own in the bottom of the second. Poutier reached on a throwing error by Kroker and moved to second on the wild throw. Bennett got the Terps on the board with a home run to left field, his fifth round-tripper of the season, to tie the game at two.
Wake Forest regained the lead with a run in the top of the third. Semeniuk led off the inning with a double off the left-field wall and moved to third when Brooks reached on an infield single. Brooks was picked off at first base, but was able to stay in a rundown long enough for Semeniuk to cross home plate for Wake's third run of the day.
The Deacs added a run in the top of the fourth. Lopez drew a one-out walk and advanced to second when Evan Ocheltree grounded out to the pitcher. Semeniuk drove in Lopez with a single to left to give Wake Forest a 4-2 lead.
Maryland grabbed its first lead of the game with three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Greenberg led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by Hood and advanced to second on a single by Poutier. Bennett hit his second home run of the game, a three-run blast over the center-field wall, to give the Terrapins a 5-4 lead.
Wake Forest took the lead with four runs in the top of the fifth, courtesy of Lopez's second home run of the game. Maryland reliever Kyle Blackwell walked the bases loaded. Lopez belted a grand slam to center field for his second home run of the day to put the Demon Deacons in front 8-5.
The Terps grabbed the lead back with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. A.J. Casario reached on a one-out single and moved to second on a walk. After Greenberg struck out swinging for the second out of the inning, Poutier singled to center to score Casario to make the score 8-6. Bennett cleared the bases with his third home run of the day to put Maryland on top 9-8.
Adam Kolarek started for Maryland on the mound and allowed four runs on nine hits in four innings pitched.
The Demon Deacons and Terrapins conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior Garrett Bullock (1-3, 6.75) will take the hill for Wake Forest, while Maryland will start Scott Swinson (3-7, 5.63).