ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Wake Forest scored 11 runs on 11 hits as the Demon Deacons downed UNC Asheville 11-6 in college baseball action at McCormick Field Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs (13-37) out-hit Wake Forest 15-11 but the visitors produced six extra-base hits and led from start to finish.
Asheville was led by senior outfielder Phillip Treadway with three hits and three RBIs. Junior first-baseman Hunter Bryant had three hits and two doubles.
The Demon Deacons (28-24) opened the scoring in the first inning when Evan Stephens was hit by a pitch on the first pitch of the game. Charlie Morgan followed with a long home-run to right-center field for a 2-0 Wake Forest lead.
The Deacons added runs in the third and fourth innings to push the lead to 4-0. Asheville finally scored off WFU starter and winner Connor Johnstone (3-2) in the fifth with two unearned runs. Derek Smith scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch. Treadway drove in Sam Turner with a run-scoring single to close to 4-2.
It stayed that way until Wake Forest broke the game open against the Asheville bullpen in the final three innings. The visitors scored seven runs over in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. They scored three times in the seventh to push the lead to 7-2 with Joey Rodriguez delivering the big blow with a two-run double.
Leading 8-2 in the eighth, the Bulldogs cut the lead to 8-3 on Bryant’s RBI-double.
In the ninth, Wake Forest tallied three more runs with Jimmy Redovian smacking a two-run double to bring in the final runs of the game for the Deacons. Reliever Scott Robinson did a nice job for Asheville limiting the damage with three straight strikeouts with the bases loaded.
Asheville made a gallant rally in the ninth as it pounded out five hits against three Deacon relievers to bring the tying run on deck. Treadway just missed a grand-slam by inches before settling for a two-run double off the left-field wall. Robert McIntosh followed with a run-scoring single to narrow the lead to 11-6.
With the bases loaded and one out, Asheville’s Tommy Houmard hit a hard shot but right to shortstop Conor Keniry who started a game-ending double-play.
UNC Asheville finishes the regular-season with a three-game series at High Point starting Thursday evening at 6 p.m.