Wake Forest Baseball Evens Series with Miami, 7-2
May 12, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A six-run third inning and outstanding pitching performance by sophomore Jack Fischer led the Wake Forest baseball team past the University of Miami 7-2 on Saturday, May 12 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
With the win, Wake Forest improves to 28-21 overall and 10-16 in the ACC and evens the weekend series at one game apiece. Miami drops to 31-17 and 13-13 in the conference with the loss.
Fischer, making his third start of the season, settled down the same Miami offense that plated 11 runs in the opening game of the series by firing a career-high seven innings. The sophomore allowed just one earned run, scattered seven hits and struck out three en route to improving his season record to 4-4.
The Demon Deacon defense, which committed a season-high seven errors in the opener, was also much-improved and replaced miscues with an abundance of highlight reel-worthy plays to back up solid pitching from Fischer and Justin Van Grouw, who closed out the game with two innings of one-run ball.
Facing his first batter of the night, Fischer surrendered a rocket up the middle to Stephen Perez but Keniry was able to make a highlight reel play ranging to his right, diving to stab the ball and setting the tone for the game.
In the second, Rhine picked up the first hit of the night for either side with a sharp liner through the left side. In the bottom half, Miami scored the game's first run.
Meanwhile, Miami starter Steven Ewing (5-2) cruised through the first two innings, striking out four Deacs before the Wake Forest offense got going in a game-changing third inning that saw 11 batters come to the plate.
The frame began with back-to-back hit batsmen, as Grant Shambley and Evan Stephens each were each plunked by Ewing. Pat Blair followed by reaching on a fielder's choice, but Shambley was cut down at third on the play.
Conor Keniry then singled to first on a play that saw Ewing take a tumble and miss the bag. After several minutes of work with the trainer, Ewing returned to the mound only to allow three straight hits before exiting the game.
The Wake Forest scoring barrage began on an RBI single to right by Williamson and was continued by Lopez with a two-run single. Jack Carey then blew the game wide open with a two-run double that hugged the left field line and scored both Lopez and Williamson.
Following a pitching change, Rhine added the sixth run of the inning on a base hit up the middle which scored Carey.
The Deacs tacked on another run in the sixth on a Williamson liner to the wall in left field, scoring Stephens after the center fielder reached on a leadoff walk.
Stephens then made a phenomenal play in the bottom half of the inning, catching a fly ball in center and rifling a throw to home plate, where he nabbed Brad Fieger.
The final game of the series is set for 1 p.m. tomorrow at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field. Once again, the contest will be broadcast live on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast television.