Deacs Capture Series over Miami on Senior Day

May 12, 2013

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By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest broke a 3-3 tie by sending 10 men to the plate and scoring six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the series from Miami with a 9-3 win on Senior Day on Sunday afternoon at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.

With Charlie Morgan on first and Joey Rodriguez on second with no outs in the bottom of the eighth, Jack Carey laid down a sacrifice bunt. The ball was then mishandled by the Hurricanes first baseman, allowing Rodriguez to score what proved to be the game-winning run all the way from second base. That opened the floodgates, allowing the Deacs to score five more times in the inning.

Grant Shambley came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded and hit a routine chopper to shortstop. Brandon Lopez opted to go to second with the baseball, but Andrew Williams beat the throw and allowed Morgan and Carey to both score on the play.

Mark Rhine followed with an RBI double to left field and Pat Blair smacked a two-run double to left center to punctuate the inning for the Demon Deacons.

Niko Spezial picked up his second win in as many days and remained perfect on the year with a 6-0 record. He inherited a runner on first with one out in the eighth before retiring both batters he faced with a strikeout and a fly out. Aaron Fossas then retired the Hurricanes in order in the ninth to preserve the win.

Matt Pirro started for the Deacs and went 6.0 innings, allowing just five hits and three runs. Connor Kaden also was able to pitch 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball in relief.

The win puts Wake Forest at 28-24 on the season and 9-18 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Miami is now 33-20 overall and 12-15 in the ACC. In addition, this marks the first time that Wake Forest has taken a series from Miami since the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2005.

Shambley continued his remarkable weekend at the plate by going 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. On the weekend, Shambley went 7-for-11 with five RBIs, two doubles, two runs scored and three stolen bases.

Rhine also had a productive day in his final ACC home game, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Williams also smacked his second home run of the season for the Demon Deacons.

The game was back and forth early as Miami took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo homer by David Thompson. Williams answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom of the third to make the game 1-1.

Miami again took a one-run lead in the top of the fifth, but the Deacs responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Shambley doubled down the left field line to score Evan Stephens all the way from first base, and Matt Conway grounded out to score Shambley later in the inning.

Another solo home run - this one by Garrett Kennedy - tied the game for Miami in the top of the sixth, and that was where the game stood until the six-run eighth for Wake Forest.

The Demon Deacons will play their final non-conference tilt of the regular season on Tuesday at home against Winthrop. Wake Forest will then travel to Virginia Tech next Thursday-Saturday for the final ACC series of the year.



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