Written By Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.
- With one out and Brett Armour on third base in the bottom of the 13th inning, Grant Shambley hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Armour and gave Wake Forest a 2-1
win over Elon on Tuesday night at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.
reached first base with one out by singling sharply to center field. A
wild pickoff attempt by Elon hurler Ryan Pennell then went into right
field and allowed Armour to
scamper all the way to third base. Shambley then lined a ball to
center, and Armour was able to score the game-winning run.
The dramatic win lifted the Demon Deacons to 25-23 on the year, while the loss dropped the Phoenix just below .500 at 23-24.
game was dominated by excellent pitching, as the two teams combined for
just 15 hits through the 13 innings. Jack Fischer went a season-long
6.1 innings in his start and allowed
just one run and four hit.
Aaron Fossas then came on for the Deacs and
pitched a career-best 5.2 innings. Fossas gave up three hits and a walk,
but he was able to sit Elon down in order in the 10th, 11th and 12th innings to
give the Deacs a chance to win. Niko Spezial (4-0) earned the win after replacing Fossas to begin the 13th and continued the trend by retiring the side 1-2-3.
Nate Young was the man of the night for the Phoenix, pitching 6.0
innings in relief, giving up two hits and striking out nine batters.
Pennell (0-2) got the loss although
the winning run proved to be unearned.
Rodriguez was the only Demon Deacons with multiple hits on the night,
going 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Andrew Williams had the only extra-base
hit of the game for either
team with a double.
Deacs got on the board with one run in the fifth inning. Shambley led
off the inning with his first of two walks on the night and moved to
second on a sacrifice bunt by Williams.
Shambley then moved to third on a single to left by Joe Napolitano and
scored on a single to center field by Rodriguez.
tied the game on a pinch-hit single by Danny Lynch in the seventh
before the pitching staffs took over and kept the offenses off the board until the 13th.
Wake Forest and Elon will be right back at it tomorrow when the two teams square off at Elon at 6:30 p.m.
Wake Forest Sports Information Dept.