Wake Forest Drops Deciding Game Three to Miami, 6-3
May 13, 2012
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - A gutsy six-inning start by Brian Holmes and Mac Williamson's 15th home run of the season wasn't enough as the Wake Forest baseball team dropped the deciding game of its weekend series with Miami, 6-3, on Sunday, May 13 at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.
With the loss, the Demon Deacons drop to 28-22 overall and 10-17 in the ACC. After splitting the first two games in the series, Miami improved to 32-18 and 14-13 in the conference.
The Deacs outhit the Hurricanes 9-7, but two costly errors came back to bite as the Deacs did not allow a single earned run in the ballgame.
On the hill, starter Brian Holmes worked through six innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four. The veteran lefty allowed two runs in the second, but neither were earned following a two-out error. Senior Michael Dimock came on in relief to toss the final two innings, allowing a grand slam, and shouldering the loss to fall to 2-3 on the season.
Mac Williamson and Mark Rhine each put together identical 2-for-4 slashes at the plate. Williamson crossed the plate twice and hit a home run, while Kevin Jordan also had an RBI double and a single in three trips to the plate. Charlie Morgan added another RBI on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
In the fourth, Mac Williamson put the Deacs on the board with a leadoff solo bomb to left-center field - his ACC-leading 15th homer of the season - which cleared the scoreboard and came to rest somewhere in the adjacent James L. Knight Sports Complex.
After Miami starter Eric Whaley settled down to put away the next two Deacon batters, Rhine singled to left to extend the inning. Jordan came to bat next and nearly cleared the wall himself, lining a shot to right center off the top of the fence to bring Rhine all the way around to score and make it a 2-2 game.
The score held even until the bottom of the seventh when Miami's Brad Fieger launched a two-out grand slam to left field, opening up a 6-4 lead for the Hurricanes. An error preceding the homer made all four runs unearned.
Wake Forest got a run back in its next at bat when Charlie Morgan connected on a sacrifice fly to deep right-center, scoring Williamson and making it a three-run game but went scoreless in the ninth, stranding two, to close out the game.
Wake Forest returns home next for its last non-conference game on Tuesday, May 15 versus Charlotte at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. First pitch is set for 6:00 p.m.