Deacs Complete Black & Gold World Series
Oct. 12, 2016
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeBaseball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Wake Forest baseball team recently wrapped up its fall season, with Team Black claiming the Black & Gold World Series, three games to one.
"We were pleased with the fall season. We stayed relatively healthy which is always priority number one. Our freshmen made good progress both on the mound and positionally," head coach Tom Walter said. "Our biggest concern is just depth - we'll have a very talented lineup, but our depth is mostly from our freshmen class so we don't have a ton of experience. I was really pleased by our pitching, which was led by starters Parker Dunshee and Connor Johnstone, as well as a nice fall from Griffin Roberts out of the pen."
Offensively, Patrick Frick, Johnny Aiello, Stuart Fairchild, Gavin Sheets, Ben Breazeale and Zach Seal had at least five hits apiece for Team Black. Frick hit .500 (8-for-16) with a double and triple for the team's top average.
Wake Forest now heads into offseason workouts before the season opens Feb. 17-19 in Houston, Texas.
"Our number one goal in the offseason is obviously to get stronger," Walter added. "The pitchers will be off for the next 8-10 weeks, just trying to rejuvenate those guys and their arms. Adding some size, strength and mobility is the focus for the position players."
Game 1: Black 4, Gold 2
Stuart Fairchild, Zach Seal, Patrick Frick and Johnny Aiello had RBIs for the Black team, while Jake Mueller added an RBI for the Gold team. Griffin Roberts had a scoreless outing for Team Gold, while Drew Loepprich, Morgan McSweeney and Carter Bach surrendered one earned run apiece.
Game 2: Black 9, Gold 4
Jonathan Pryor, Bruce Steel and Donnie Sellers all homered for Team Gold. Rayne Supple led Gold's effort on the mound, going more than three innings without allowing a run, while Shane Kubrak did the same for Black.
Sheets and Johnny Aiello tallied three hits apiece for Team Black, as did Steel for Team Gold.
Game 3: Gold 7, Black 6
Gold headed into the top of the seventh with a 3-2 lead and plated three insurance runs to make it 6-2, but Black again rallied in the final inning, this time with four runs to tie it, thanks to back-to-back two-run doubles by Zach Seal and Patrick Frick.
Stuart Fairchild also homered and doubled for Black, while Ben Breazeale and Seal each added two hits. For Gold, Bruce Steel homered, doubled and had three RBIs, while Jonathan Pryor and Chase Mascolo also added multi-hit efforts.
Bobby Hearn started for Team Black and, after Steel's first-inning solo homer, retired the final 10 batters he faced with three strikeouts. Rayne Supple was again strong in relief for Gold, tossing 3.0 shutout frames.
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