Huge First Inning Lifts Deacs to 18-2 Win over Charlotte
May 15, 2012
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest exploded for 13 runs in the first inning, thanks in large part to a pair of home runs by Mac Williamson, en route to an 18-2 victory over Charlotte on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
With the win, the Demon Deacons are now 29-22 on the year, while the 49ers fall to 20-30.
The 13 runs in the first inning were the most Wake Forest has scored since plating 12 in the first inning against UNCG on May 12, 2010. In addition, the run total is tied for the second most runs scored in an inning in school history. The Deacs also scored 13 runs on March 6, 2003, against Albany and again on March 12, 2003, against Wofford. The school record for most runs in an inning is 16 in a 30-1 win over Campbell on April 23, 1992.
Wake Forest was able to score its 18 runs on 19 hits, as both were the highest single-game totals of the season.
Williamson needed to play just one inning to put together a remarkable day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and a three-run home run. The feat marks his seventh two-homer game of his career, and he is the first Demon Deacon to hit two home runs in the same inning since Ryder Mathias did so in the seventh inning against Appalachian State on May 11, 2005.
Williamson also has 17 home runs on the season to lead the ACC and 36 for his career.
Seven Deacs had at least two hits in the game, including Williamson, James Harris, Carlos Lopez, Charlie Morgan, Kevin Jordan, Jack Carey and Grant Shambley. Jordan set personal bests with three hits and three RBIs, as he went 3-for-6 on the day with a double and a run scored.
Harris and Carey each belted two doubles for their first time of their careers, while Carey went 2-for-3 with three driven in, and Harris went 2-for-2 with a run scored.
Wake Forest sent 19 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first inning, as leadoff man Pat Blair hit three times in the frame. The Demon Deacons were able to score four runs after the first out was recorded and nine more after the second out of the inning was recorded. In addition, every offensive starter scored at least one run in the first inning.
Conor Keniry drew a one-out walk to begin things for Wake Forest, and he promptly came around to score on Williamson's first home run of the inning. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases before a single by Jordan brought made the score 3-0.
An ensuing double by Carey scored one more before Mark Rhine was cut down at the plate on a nice relay by the 49er defense. Two batters later, Blair smashed a two-run single to left field to make the score 6-0.
Charlotte appeared to be out of the inning, but Keniry was able to advance to first base on after he struck out on a wild pitch to extend the inning, setting up Williamson's three-run homer.
Five more consecutive hits, including an RBI single from Jordan and a two-RBI double by Carey capped off the astonishing 13-run inning for Wake Forest.
Deacon starter Chris Willson earned the win after striking out four and allowing just one hit in two innings of work to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Charlotte held Wake Forest scoreless after the first until the bottom of the seventh when Lopez smacked his ninth home run of the season over the right field wall. The Deacs got another in the seventh on an RBI double by Brett Armour that scored Morgan.
Morgan then provided a sacrifice fly, and Jordan doubled home the 18th run of the game to end the scoring for Wake Forest in the eighth.
Wake Forest will end the regular season against Clemson on Thursday-Saturday at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball park. All three games will be televised by the ACC Digital Network.