Deacons Clinch Series Victory with 15-5 win over Maryland
May 20, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wake Forest tied a season-high in runs, and Tim Cooney pitched an excellent six innings to lift the Demon Deacons to a 15-5 win and a series victory over Maryland on Friday night at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
The Demon Deacons have now won three straight ACC series and improve to 24-28 on the year and 14-15 in conference play. The Terrapins drop to 21-34 overall and 5-24 in the ACC.
Blair was 3-for-6 with a double, and his four RBIs set a new career-high. Lopez was 2-for-3 with two doubles and four runs driven in, while Williamson was 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs.
This marks Williamson's second multi-home run game of the year and the fifth of his career. He is now tied with Lopez for the team lead with 11 home runs on the season.
James Harris also turned in a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Steven Brooks had a nice day at the plate, recording one hit, walking twice and scoring three runs. He also stole his 30th base of the season which ranks fifth on Wake Forest's single-season stolen base list.
Tim Cooney picked up the win and improves to 7-2 on the season. Cooney went 6.0 innings and struck out nine while allowing five hits, one walk and one earned run. Maryland starter David Carroll was chased in the third inning and drops to 5-5 on the year.
After scoring four runs on four hits in the 11th inning last night, Wake Forest started today's game right where it left off by scoring three runs in the top of the first.
Blair reached on an error to begin the game and Brooks singled to put runners on first and second. Matt Conway and Lopez then delivered back-to-back doubles to drive in the first three runs of the game.
Lopez then drove in the next two runs in the top of the third with his second two-run double of the game. Brooks and Conway both walked ahead of him to set up the run-scoring opportunity.
The Demon Deacons tacked on another run in the top of the fourth. Brett Armour led off the inning with a double off the left field wall and would score one batter later. Down in the count 0-2, Blair singled to center field to make the score 6-0.
Wake Forest continued to add to its lead with four runs in the top of the fifth and four more in the top of the seventh.
Lopez was hit by a pitch to lead off the fifth and Williamson took the first pitch of his at bat over the left field wall to make the score 8-0. A walk by Harris, a single by Rhine and a walk by Armour loaded the bases for Blair who saw 10 pitches before singling up the middle to score two more runs.
With one out in the seventh, Rhine was hit by a pitch and Armour reached on an error to put runners on first and second. Blair delivered again and doubled off the left center field wall to score Rhine.
Jack Fischer followed with his first-career double and scored Armour. Blair tried to score but was tagged out at the plate for the second out.
After Brooks walked, Charlie Morgan doubled to right center and scored both runners to make the score 14-1 after six and a half.
Williamson added his second home run of the game to lead off the eighth, a ball that cleared the indoor batting facility located behind the left field wall.
Wake Forest will go for the series sweep over Maryland tomorrow in the finale scheduled for 1 p.m.