Wake Forest Routs UNC Greensboro, 22-9
May 12, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest scored 12 runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 22-9 win over UNC Greensboro on Wednesday night at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
The Demon Deacons improved to 13-35 with the win, while the Spartans fell to 20-27 on the year.
Wake Forest posted a season-high 22 runs on 20 hits, including a 12-run first inning. The 22 runs was the most by Wake Forest since March 1, 2004, when the Deacs plated 23 runs in a 23-7 win against High Point. The 12 runs in the first marked the first time the Deacs had scored 10 or more runs in an inning since scoring 11 runs in an inning against Maryland on April 21, 2006. The 12 runs was also tied for the fourth most in an inning in Wake Forest history.
All of Wake Forest's starters reached base in the game, while seven of the nine starters had at least one hit. Matt Conway and Mac Williamson each drove in a game-high six runs. Conway, who extended his hitting streak to 11 games, went 4-for-7 with three doubles, becoming the first Deac to record three doubles in a game since Evan Ocheltree had three doubles against UNC Wilmington on March 2, 2007. Williamson had three hits, including a pair of home runs, recording his second multi-homer game of the season.
Pat Blair and Mark Rhine each had four hits for the Deacs. Blair homered for the third straight game, scored two runs and had two RBIs, while Rhine had three runs scored and an RBI. Steven Brooks and Mike Murray each had two hits and drove in three runs. Brooks reached base all six times he was at the plate, getting hit by a pitch twice and drawing two walks.
Drew Gehringer had three hits and two RBIs to lead UNC Greensboro at the plate. Kris Richards drove in three runs in the loss and went 2-for-4.
Making his first collegiate start, Zach White (1-1) earned the win on the mound. White gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits with six strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Alex Shelton (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up three runs on a hit and two walks, while not retiring a batter in the first.
Brandon Johnson threw 2.1 scoreless innings in relief and allowed five hits with five strikeouts.
The Demon Deacons wasted little time jumping on the UNCG pitching staff, scoring 12 runs and sending 16 players to the plate in a top of the first inning that lasted 38 minutes. Brooks and Mike Lubanski walked to start the inning and Conway singled through the left side on a hit and run to score Brooks from second to put Wake in front 1-0. Murray lined a single to center to plate Lubanski. Ryan Semeniuk walked to load the bases. Williamson hit a sacrifice fly to right field, which scored Conway. The fourth UNCG walk of the inning, this one to Carlos Lopez, put a runner on every base for the second time in the inning. Rhine drove home a run with a single into left field with each runner moving up a base. Blair continued the offensive onslaught with a single through the left side of the infield to score Semeniuk. Brooks drove home two runs with a single to right field. Lubanski was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Conway brought home a pair of runs with a double to center field. Murray drove home his second run of the inning with a single to center field. After a strikeout by Semeniuk, Williamson cleared the bases with a triple to center field to close the scoring in the inning for the Deacs.
UNC Greensboro got a run back in the bottom of the first. With one out, Chris Barker reached first on a fielding error by Lopez at third base. Corey Overholtzer struck out for the second out of the inning, but Barker stole second on the third strike. Lloyd Enzor singled to center to score Barker.
Wake Forest added another run in the top of the second. Rhine started the inning with a single and moved to second on a walk by Blair. Brooks singled to right-center field to score Rhine.
The Spartans scored a run in the bottom of the second. With one out, Gehringer doubled down the left field line and moved to third on a stolen base. Richards scored Gehringer on a double to deep right field.
The Deacs scored three runs in the top of the third on the strength of two home runs. Semeniuk walked to lead off the inning and was along for the ride on a two-run home run by Williamson over the left field fence. After the next two batters were retired, Blair homered to left-center field to put Wake in front 16-2.
Wake Forest scored three more times in the top of the fifth. With one out, Rhine singled to left field and moved to second when Brooks was hit by a pitch with two outs. Lubanski looped a single to left-center field to score Rhine. A double to the right-center field alley by Conway scored both runners.
UNC Greensboro tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, John Cucchiarella walked and came around to score on a triple down the right field line by Zach Leach. Gehringer tripled to score Leach and a single by Richards brought home Gehringer to make the score 19-5.
The Demon Deacons continued to add on to their lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. Brooks was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game with one out in the inning and advanced to second when Lubanski walked. Conway doubled to deep center field to score Brooks from second and move Lubanski to third. Murray grounded out to score Lubanski to put the Deacs on top 21-5.
Wake Forest scored a run in the top of the eighth as Williamson led off the inning with a homer, his second round-tripper of the game and fifth of the season.
UNC Greensboro closed the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the ninth. With one out, Joey Frabasale reached on a two-base throwing error by Lopez. Cucchiarella was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Leach singled to score Frabasale. Gehringer singled to center and moved to second on a fielding error by John Stamper in center field with Cucchiarella scoring on the play. Richards grounded out to short to score Leach, while Taylor Schwarz singled to bring home Gehringer to make the final score 22-9.
Wake Forest opens a season-ending, seven-game home stand this weekend when it hosts Clemson in a three game series. Game times are scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
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