No. 15 Wake Forest Beats Pitt, 14-4, on Senior Day
May 20, 2017
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- No. 15 Wake Forest broke a 3-3 tie with a nine-run fifth inning in a 14-4 series-clinching win over Pittsburgh at David F. Couch Ballpark on Saturday afternoon.
The Demon Deacons (38-17, 19-11 ACC) clinch the third seed at the upcoming Baseball Championship, and will feature No. 6 seed Miami and No. 10 seed Georgia Tech in their pod. The full schedule will be announced Sunday.
Wake Forest also clinches its program-record eighth ACC series win of the season. Seven of those were tied at a game apiece heading into the rubber game.
The Panthers conclude their season at 23-30 overall and 9-21 in the ACC.
Keegan Maronpot blasted two home runs, including a grand slam which broke the game open. In addition to his five RBIs, Johnny Aiello and Gavin Sheets tallied three RBIs apiece and both Jake Mueller and Stuart Fairchild had three hits.
Meanwhile, Pitt loaded the bases with less than two outs in the fourth, fifth and ninth innings and didn't get any runs to show for it, as the Panthers went just 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Wake Forest hit .407 (11-for-27) with runners on base.
Pitt took a 3-0 first inning lead, including a leadoff homer by Jacob Wright. Wake Forest tied it up in the third on a Fairchild RBI single and Aiello two-run double.
Morgan McSweeney, who earned the win to improve to 5-1, worked out of his own jam in the fifth by forcing an inning-ending double play.
Wake Forest's bats broke it open in the fifth. After RBI singles by Sheets and Ben Breazeale put the Deacs up 5-3, Maronpot blasted the team's 10th grand slam of the season to make it 9-3. Sheets added another two-run single and Aiello was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 12-3.
Caleb Perry hit a solo shot for Pitt in the top of the sixth but Maronpot answered with his second homer in the bottom of the inning to extend the advantage back to 13-4, and a Mueller RBI in the eighth made it 14-4.
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