Deacs in the Dominican - Day 2
Dec. 17, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
SANTO DOMINGO, D.R. - The Wake Forest baseball team played two games in the Dominican Republic on Monday, defeating the National Police Team 6-4 after falling in the first game of the doubleheader to Escogido 2-0.
The Demon Deacons found themselves down 4-1 through four innings but used two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to knot the game at 4-4. Wake Forest went on top for the first time in the game when Joey Rodriguez belted a two-RBI double to left center that plated Kevin Conway and Garrett Kelly in the top of the eighth.
Nate Jones gave up a solo home run to begin the fourth inning but retired the next nine batters he faced, while Mark McCoy pitched the final three innings without allowing a hit and striking out four batters.
The Demon Deacon pitching staff was also strong in the first game against Escogido, allowing just two runs and six hits. Justin Van Grouw started the day off spectacularly for the Deacs, pitching three perfect innings and striking out two batters. Niko Spezial added four strikeouts, while Jack Fischer struck out two.
Conor Keniry had the best day at the plate for Wake Forest, going 2-for-6 with a double, three walks and two runs scored over the two games. Mark Rhine and Pat Blair also both picked up an RBI in the win over the National Police Team.
The Deacs will tour Colonial Zone, play a game against the National Navy Team and help paint houses in a sugar cane village throughout the day tomorrow.