Deacs Win Wild Game over High Point in Ninth
May 15, 2018

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest came out on the winning end of a topsy-turvy game at David F. Couch Ballpark on Tuesday night, defeating High Point by a 9-8 margin.

The Demon Deacons (23-29) scored the first seven runs of the game but the Panthers (28-21) answered by scoring the next eight, including three in the top of the ninth to take an 8-7 lead.

Wake Forest fought back and won the game on a walk-off single by Bobby Seymour in the bottom of the ninth.

Earlier in the inning, DJ Poteet walked and Patrick Frick singled to set up a sacrifice bunt by Jake Mueller.

That brought up Johnny Aiello. High Point attempted to intentionally walk him, but the first pitch went to the backstop and brought home the tying run.

After Aiello's eventual free pass, Seymour hit a chopper to the right side which was knocked down by a diving stop by first baseman JJ Woodard, but he didn't have time to get an out at any base as Frick crossed home with the winning run.

Earlier in the game, Wake Forest hit a trio of home runs to jump out to an early lead. Chris Lanzilli roped a solo shot in the second, Aiello hit a three-run blast in the third and Poteet drilled an opposite-field solo homer in the fourth as the Deacs jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

A passed ball and Lanzilli sac fly in the fifth increased the Wake Forest advantage to 7-0.

Jared Shuster and William Fleming were dominant on the mound over the first six innings. Shuster allowed just two hits and no walks in 4.0 innings, striking out a pair. Fleming followed with 2.0 one-hit innings with two more strikeouts as the Deacs took that 7-0 lead into the seventh.

After a wild pitch scored High Point's first run of the game, Austen Zente hit a grand slam to cut the margin to 7-5.

Following scoreless outings out of the pen from Bobby Hearn and Antonio Menendez, High Point got to the Wake Forest bullpen in the ninth.

Travis Holt trimmed the deficit to one with an RBI single, and then bases-loaded walks to Carson Jackson and Woodard brought in the tying and go-ahead runs. Supple recorded an inning-ending strikeout to leave the bases loaded, setting up for the dramatics in the bottom of the ninth.

For Wake Forest, Frick reached base four times on three singles and a walk, while Aiello was 2-for-4 with a homer, walk and three RBIs.

The Deacs wrap up the regular season with an ACC series against Virginia from Thursday-Saturday.