WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Three Wake Forest pitchers combined to limit UNC Greensboro to just one hit en route to a 17-2 win over the Spartans Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
Demon Deacon starting pitcher Tyler Smith (1-2) picked up the win after allowing no runs on no hits while striking out one in six innings of work. Greg Young worked a pair of innings and allowed just the one hit while Kyle Young worked a perfect ninth to preserve the win.
Sean Snell produced UNCG’s lone hit in the top of the seventh as the Charlotte, NC native extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single through the left side.
Spartan reliever Clark Erskine (0-1), who was unable to record an out in the fourth inning, took the loss after allowing four runs on two hits during his stint on the hill.
UNCG (14-21) pushed across two runs in the top of the second to take a 2-0 lead. Wes McCall led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a pass ball. Brandon Harvey followed with a sacrifice bunt, but Wake Forest catcher Austin Jones threw the ball into rightfield, allowing McCall to score and Harvey to reach third safely. Sean Snell then gave the Spartans a two-run edge with a sacrifice fly to left-centerfield to score Harvey.
Wake Forest (25-12) struck for eight runs in the bottom of the fourth to turn a two-run deficit into a six-run advantage. The Demon Deacons loaded the base the start the inning and scored their first run of the game on a balk charged to Spartan hurler Clark Erskine, and then tied the game at two when Eric Williams drew a bases loaded walk. Allan Dykstra chipped in with a two-RBI single and Matt Antonelli added an RBI single before Evan Ocheltree crushed a two-run homerun over the centerfield wall.
Williams picked up his second RBI of the game and gave the Demon Deacons a 9-2 lead in the process with an RBI single to rightfield in the home half of the fifth. Dykstra followed with a three-run blast over the rightfield wall for his 12th homerun of the season to put Wake up 12-2.
The Demon Deacons tacked on two more runs in the seventh on a two-run RBI double to rightfield off the bat of Nate Frazier. Two batters later, Dan Rosaia delivered a pinch-hit single to centerfield that scored a pair of runners to give Wake a 16-2 advantage. Grant Achilles produced another run for Wake with a sac fly to center.
UNCG returns to the diamond Friday evening at 7 p.m. when the Spartans return to Southern Conference play to host Davidson at UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Wake Forest 17, UNC-Greensboro 2 (Apr 12, 2006 at Winston-Salem,
UNC-Greensboro...... 020 000 000 - 2 1 0 (14-21)
Wake Forest......... 000 840 50X - 17 16 2 (25-12)
Pitchers: UNC-Greensboro - Greg Martin; Ryan Clear(2); Clinton McKinney(3); Clark Erskine(4);
Greg Matson(4); Jonathan Nichols(4); Brandon Harvey(6); Patrick Currin(7). Wake Forest - Smith; Young, G.(7); Young, K.(9).
Win-Smith(1-2) Loss-Clark Erskine(0-1) T-2:31 A-407
HR WF - Dykstra (12); Ocheltree (2).
Erskine faced 4 batters in the 4th.
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