Deacons Knocked Off By Elon, 5-3
May 12, 2003
Winston-Salem, N.C. -- The Wake Forest baseball team lost 5-3 to Elon on Monday afternoon at Hooks Stadium as the Phoenix completed a two-game season sweep of the Deacons.
Elon (32-21-2) won the first meeting between the schools, 4-1 on February 12.
Wake Forest trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the ninth. The Deacons scored two runs on a sacrifice fly from pinch-hitter Steve LeFaivre and an RBI single by Adam Bourassa. With two outs, Bourassa represented the tying run at first base. But Elon reliever Adam Acosta struck out Ryan Hubbard to end the game and earn his second save of the year.
The Deacons spotted the Phoenix three runs in the top of the first inning. A single, stolen base and a wild pitch led to the first Elon run. George Brandner's two out solo home run off Wake Forest starter Brian Bach (6-2) made it 2-0. A hit by pitch and two singles gave Elon a 3-0 lead.
After the first, Bach settled in and held Elon scoreless until his departure in the sixth. Seth Hill came out of the bullpen and struck out four of the first six hitters he faced. But the Phoenix picked up another run in the eighth inning on a double by Holt Montgomery. Elon added a final run in the ninth, which proved to be a key insurance run, off Adam Hanson.
Elon starter Brian Hensen (5-2) was outstanding through eight-plus innings. Until the ninth, Hensen gave up just one run on four hits with a strikeout and a walk. After allowing three straight singles in the ninth, he was lifted for Acosta.
Hensen threw eight strong innings against the Deacons in Elon's 4-1 win on February 12. It is Hensen's second win against an Atlantic Coast Conference school in as many outings. He earned the win in his start last Wednesday at Clemson, a 11-2 Phoenix victory.
Elon is 20-16 against ACC teams in their four years as a Division I baseball program.
The Deacons fall to 28-19 overall while Elon finishes its regular season at 32-21-2.
Wake Forest's homestand continues on Wednesday against High Point at 1:30 p.m. Elon will be off until the Big South Tournament begins on May 21 in Rock Hill, S.C.