Wake Scores Four in 11th to Beat Maryland 6-2
May 19, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Brett Armour hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the top of the 11th to jumpstart a four-run inning and help Wake Forest defeat Maryland 6-2 in extras Thursday night at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
The Demon Deacons are now 23-28 overall and 13-15 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland falls to 21-33, 5-23 ACC.
With Virginia Tech falling at home to Georgia Tech, Wake Forest has secured a spot in the ACC Tournament and will make its first appearance since 2008. The Demon Deacons remain tied for seventh place with NC State, who defeated Boston College earlier in the day.
The Deacs had tallied just two hits heading into the top of the 11th before exploding for four runs on four hits in the final inning alone.
With one out, Jack Carey got the rally started with a sharp liner through the left side of the infield, and Mark Rhine singled to shallow right center to put runners on first and second. After a wild pitch moved the runners up a base and gave Armour a 1-0 count, the Deacon catcher tripled down the left field line to score Carey and Armour.
Pat Blair continued the inning with a single to center one batter later, driving home Armour and making the score 5-2.
Blair moved to second on a ground out by Conor Keniry and advanced to third on a stolen base. The swipe of third proved to be important, as Blair came home to score on a wild pitch and made the score 6-2.
After taking the lead, Michael Dimock came on to pitch the bottom of the 11th and needed just four batters to get three outs and close the game.
Justin Van Grouw pitched a perfect 10th inning and improved to 4-3 on the year. Brian Holmes was spectacular in his start, pitching a career-high 8.0 innings and striking out eight. He gave up just four hits, three walks and two earned runs.
Maryland scored the first two runs of the game in the bottom of the third, but that was the last they would score. The Deacon pitching staff allowed just four hits over the final eight innings of play.
Zach White was the first reliever after Holmes' effort, pitching a scoreless ninth and striking out one.
The Demon Deacons got on the board in the top of the fifth when Matt Conway singled to right field with the bases loaded to score Armour and Rhine.
Armour was the only Demon Deacon to record multiple hits, going 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
Steven Brooks walked three times and stole three bases to give him 29 on the year.
Wake Forest and Maryland will be back in action tomorrow for Game 2 of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.