Wake Forest Falls At Elon, 11-3
May 11, 2004
The Wake Forest baseball team returned from its 12-day exam break with a 11-3 road loss to Elon on Tuesday afternoon. The Deacons (17-25) showed signs of rust as six pitchers combined for eight walks.
Five of those free passes came in the third inning when Elon pushed across eight runs on only two hits, a wild pitch and a hit batter.
The Phoenix extended its winning streak to seven games while the Deacons lost just their third game in their last ten.
Elon got a strong pitching performance from its starter Matt McSwain. McSwain lasted six innings and allowed two runs on five hits to improve his record to 4-3. He walked two and fanned nine Demon Deacon hitters.
Deacon starter Tim Morley took the loss, falling to 3-6. His final line showed four earned runs on seven hits over just 2.2 innings of work.
The Phoenix (28-24) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Gary Morris scored from second on Drew Davis' single to center.
Morris reached on a two-out infield single and then advanced to third when Tim Morley's pickoff attempt went into rightfield. Morris scored his second run of the game on Chris Norwood's single up the middle.
With one down in the bottom of the third, Elon's Davis reached on a bunt single and advanced to third on Tyler Stevens' double to right-center. A sac fly from Evan Erickson brought home Davis with the third Phoenix run of the day. The fourth run in Erickson came home on Matt Stocco's double off the left-centerfield wall. After a pitching change, a hit batter and walk loaded the bases with two down for Elon. A wild pitch allowed Stocco to come home with the third run of the inning and the fifth marker of the day for the Phoenix. Paul Bennett came home on a bases loaded walk to Grant Rembert to continue the inning. Chris Price, up for the second time in the inning, was issued the second consecutive bases loaded walk of the inning, scoring Morris for the third time of the game. A walk to Davis, the fifth straight hitter to reach on the free pass, brought in Norwood. An infield single from Stevens drove in Price with the eighth run of the inning.
After three scoreless innings for Elon, the Phoenix put runners on the corners with one out after Morris led off with a hit by pitch and swiped second. On Rembert's walk, a wild pitch allowed Morris to advance to third. Price then singled to right-center, scoring Morris for the fourth time, moving Rembert to third and increasing the Elon lead to 11-2.
The Deacons got on the board in the top of the sixth inning, using three consecutive singles from Ben Ingold, Steve LeFaivre and Brad Scioletti. An Elon error allowed Wake Forest to load the bases with one out. A wild pitch allowed LeFaivre to score from third with the second run for Wake Forest.
The Deacons were paced by Ingold's three hits. It was the eighth time this year that Ingold had recorded at least three hits in a game.
Elon leveled the season series at one game apiece. However, it was the third consecutive year that the Deacons lost at Elon's Latham Park.
Wake Forest will head to Virginia for a three-game ACC series beginning Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.