Wake Forest Returns Home to Host High Point on Wednesday
April 6, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - After playing eight of its last nine games on the road, the Wake Forest baseball team returns to the friendly confines of Wake Forest Baseball Park on Wednesday night as it hosts High Point at 6 p.m.
Wednesday's game will be aired live on WBRF 98.1 FM and on WakeForestSports.com with Stan Cotten and Alan York on the call.
Admission to Wednesday's game and all home midweek games during the 2010 season is free of charge.
The Demon Deacons, 9-21 on the season, have dropped four straight contests, including a three-game sweep at No. 15 Miami over the weekend. Carlos Lopez led Wake Forest offensively against the Hurricanes, hitting .500 with a homer and three RBIs. Steven Brooks hit .462 with a home run and four RBIs, while Mike Murray batted .417 over the three games with two runs driven in.
For the season, Murray leads Wake Forest with a .355 batting average and 25 RBIs. Brooks is hitting .354, is tied for the team lead in home runs (4) and is tied for the lead in the ACC with 17 stolen bases. Lopez and Ryan Semeniuk are also tied for the team lead in homers with four each.
Freshman right-handed pitcher Justin Van Grouw will start for the Demon Deacons on Wednesday. A native of Oakland, N.J., Van Grouw is 1-2 on the season with a 5.56 ERA. In 22.2 innings pitched, Van Grouw has allowed 17 runs, 14 of them earned, on 26 hits, while striking out 22 and walking seven.
Out of the bullpen, redshirt senior Joel Ernst has appeared in 15 games and has two saves with a 0-0 record and a 3.31 ERA. Freshman Niko Spezial has a 4.24 ERA and a 1-4 record in nine outings. Junior Ryan McGrath (1-1, 8.10) has been the most utilized pitcher in relief for the Demon Deacons, appearing in 17 games, which ranks second in the conference.
High Point enters Wednesday's game with a 17-12 overall record and a 3-8 mark away from High Point. The Panthers have dropped four of their last five games, including losing two of three at Liberty last weekend.
As a team, the Panthers have a .352 batting average. Nate Roberts leads High Point with a .423 batting average, has a team-high 10 home runs and ranks second on the team with 35 RBIs. Steve Antolik is hitting .409 on the season with three round-trippers and 33 RBIs, while Matt Gantner has driven in a team-best 38 runs with a .400 batting average and five homers.
The High Point pitching staff has a 6.58 earned run average on the year. Freshman right hander Wes Torrez is scheduled to start on Wednesday against Wake Forest. Torrez, who will be making his first start of the season, is 0-1 on the year with a 7.45 ERA in nine appearances. In 9.2 innings of work, Torrez has allowed 13 runs, eight earned, on 14 hits with five strikeouts and four walks.
Out of the bullpen, Corey Swickle has made a team-high 15 appearances on the season and has a 4-0 record with a 5.52 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. Mikel Rodenberg has all five saves on the season for High Point and is 1-1 with an 8.44 ERA.
Wake Forest leads the all-time series against High Point 24-13. The Panthers have won two of the last three meetings between the two teams, including an 11-3 win at High Point earlier in the 2010 season.
Live stats and a recap of Wednesday's game will be available on WakeForestSports.com. Fans can also get in-game updates by following the Wake Forest baseball Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/WFUBaseball.