No. 8 Deacs Fall to No. 4 Florida in Extras
June 11, 2017
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 8-ranked Wake Forest dropped a back-and-forth thriller to No. 4 Florida in 11 innings, 2-1, in the first game of the Super Regional at McKethan Stadium on Saturday.
The game started at 3 p.m. and didn't conclude until after 10:30 p.m. thanks in part to a rain delay of 3:49 in the middle of the fifth inning.
Parker Dunshee turned in a gem on the mound, pitching both before and after the weather delay, allowing just three hits over 8.0 innings, surrendering one run while striking out eight.
The Gators (46-17) got on the board in the third inning with a single, walk, sac bunt and RBI groundout.
Pitchers Alex Faedo (4.0 IP, 4 H, BB, 9 Ks) and Brady Singer (4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 8 Ks) - who was scheduled to start Sunday, held the Demon Deacons (42-19) scoreless through the first eight innings.
Then, facing closer Michael Byrne in the ninth, who was perfect in 16 save attempts, Ben Breazeale led off with a line-drive homer down the left-field line to knot the score at 1-1.
Griffin Roberts entered on the mound for Wake Forest and cruised through ninth and tenth innings before running into trouble in the 11th. Jonathan India walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a strikeout on a failed bunt attempt, Roberts hit back-to-back batters to load the bases.
Colin Peluse entered and struck out the next batter, but Ryan Larson delivered a walk-off RBI single with two outs to seal the win for Florida on just the fourth hit of the night for the Gators.
Faedo, Singer and Byrne (4-4) combined to strike out 23 Deacs, tying Wake Forest's record for strikeouts in a game, equaling a 17-inning total against Boston College in 2007.
Both teams struggled with runners on - 2-for-15 for Wake Forest and 1-for-11 for Florida. However, the Gators' lone hit was the game-winner in the 11th to claim the opening game of the weekend.
Game two of the series is set for Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.
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