March 26, 2013
Winston-Salem, N.C. - Western Carolina was limited to just four base hits by Wake Forest's pitching staff as the Demon Deacons edged the Catamounts, 3-1, Tuesday night in midweek nonconference action on a cold evening at Gene Hooks Field.
Three of WCU's four hits went for extra bases with senior Tyler White providing WCU's lone run on a solo home run he wrapped around the right field foul pole in the fifth inning. Junior Julian Ridings stretched his current hitting streak to 11-straight games with a double down the first base line. The other two Catamount hits came from Bradley Strong with an eighth-inning double and a single to right-center by Aaron Attaway in the ninth.
Catamount starter Jacob Hoyle (1-1) suffered the loss after surrendering two runs in two innings, walking two against two strikeouts. Freshman Colton Davis also walked two with a strikeout with an inning and two thirds of relief work while senior Jon Nadale fanned two in three innings of work, tagged for one run on three hits. Tyler Powell tossed the final inning and a third, striking out three.
Wake Forest (15-12) got all the runs it would need in the home half of the second inning. The Demon Deacons took advantage of a lead-off walk as Andrew Williams doubled home Jake Carey from second base for the early advantage. After Williams stole third base, catcher Brett Armour delivered a two-out single through the left side to plate what proved to be the game-winning run.
Williams finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored to lead Wake Forest.
White and the Catamounts cut the deficit in half in the top of the fifth as the senior from Forest City, N.C., hit an opposite-field home run, curling a long fly ball around the pole down the right field line for his team-leading eighth home run and 25th RBI.
Wake added an insurance run in the seventh inning as Evan Stephens reached on an infield single to first base before advancing to second on a balk. Following a two-out walk, pinch hitter Charlie Morgan drove an RBI single through the left side to make it 3-1. WCU managed to keep it a two-run deficit, though, as Powell fanned Jack Carey to end the frame.
Aside from White's home run in the fifth, WCU only had runners on in three frames. Aaron Attaway drew a lead-off walk in the top of the fourth but was erased on a double play to prevent a Catamount threat. Ridings doubled with one out in the seventh inning, but was later stranded at second base. In the eighth, Strong doubled to left field with two outs but was likewise left on base.
WCU's final opportunity came in the top of the ninth as Attaway led off the frame with a single to right-center field. However, he was erased on a fielder's choice with back-to-back strikeouts ending the game. All told, Attaway was on-board twice for WCU, stretching his consecutive streak of reaching base safely to a team-high 15-straight game.
Deacon starter Matt Conway (1-0) held the potent Catamount lineup to two hits through a career-long seven innings, striking out six with just one walk to score the victory. He was perfect through three innings and had a no-hitter through four before White's homer. Jack Fischer tallied his first save of the year by tossing the ninth with two strikeouts.
Western Carolina continues its midweek nonconference swing on Wednesday as it travels to Gardner-Webb. First pitch has been bumped up to 5:00 pm in Boiling Springs, N.C.