Morgan and Conway Key Walk-Off Win over Miami
May 11, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Down 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth, Charlie Morgan tied the game by plating Brett Armour from first base with a double, and Matt Conway won it with a single in Wake Forest's 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Miami on Saturday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
Armour was faced with a 2-1 count against Miami closer Eric Nedeljkovic when a downpour forced the game to be delayed for 26 minutes. After returning to the field, Armour drew a walk to get the rally started. Two batters later in a pinch hit situation, Morgan drove the ball all the way to the wall in left center and Armour scored easily to knot the game at 4-4.
Kevin Jordan pinch ran for Morgan, and with first base open, Nedeljkovic intentionally walked Stephens with one out. Mark Rhine grounded to second and Stephens was forced out, but Rhine was able to beat the return throw to first to keep the inning alive. Pat Blair was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Conway came to the plate and quickly went down in the count 0-2. He was able to foul off two pitches and work the count to 2-2 before hitting a sharp ground ball through the right side to score Jordan and win the game for the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest is now 27-24 on the year and 8-18 in the ACC, while Miami falls to 33-19, 12-14 ACC. Nedeljkovic suffered the loss to fall to 2-2, while Niko Spezial stayed perfect at 5-0 by retiring the only batter he saw in the ninth inning.
The Demon Deacons went up 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning on RBI singles by Jack Carey and Grant Shambley. The two men then completed a first-and-third double steal to put Wake Forest up 3-0 after one.
Miami answered with one in the second and one in the fourth, but the score stayed 3-2 in favor of the Deacs through the seventh inning. The Hurricanes then took their first lead of the game 4-3 on a two-run, bases-loaded single by Brandon Lopez, who ended the game with all four RBIs for Miami.
Jack Fischer and Spezial combined to pitch a scoreless top of the ninth for Wake Forest, setting the table for the dramatics.
Carey ended the day 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI, while Shambley continued his hot streak with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
Austin Stadler started and went 6.1 innings for Wake Forest, striking out four batters and allowing just two runs. Miami's Bryan Radziewski went 7.0 and struck out 10 Demon Deacons.
The Demon Deacons and the Hurricanes will play the final game of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Senior Day festivities will begin at approximately 12:45 on the field.