WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Two big innings hurt the West Virginia University baseball team on Sunday afternoon as the Mountaineers fell 11-3 at Wake Forest.
Right-hander Dan Dierdorff
had a tough outing for the Mountaineers and only lasted 2.0 innings. Dierdorff was charged with the loss, allowing five runs on five hits with four walks and one strikeout.
Left fielder Jacob Rice
continued his hot series, knocking two of WVU’s eight hits. Rice also added a stolen base and an RBI.
The Demon Deacons took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning with a home run to left field from Jack Carey.
WVU (3-4) answered in the third inning and used a two-out RBI single by second baseman Billy Fleming
to plate shortstop Taylor Munden
, tying the game at 1-1.
Wake Forest retook the lead at 5-1 in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs that featured two bases loaded walks.
The damage continued in the fourth inning as the Demon Deacons had seven-consecutive batters reach base that ended with a Brett Armour double to right field scoring two, making it 10-1.
WVU had two cross the plate in the eighth inning, bringing the score to 11-3 as Rice hit a sacrifice fly and first baseman Ryan McBroom
hit an RBI double down the right field line.
A bright spot for the WVU bullpen was right-handers Pascal Paul
and Munden. Paul struck out two in 2.0 innings, allowing just one hit, while Munden got the Demon Deacons to go 1-2-3 in the eighth inning.
Earning the win for Wake Forest was Matt Pirro, who was solid through 5.0 inning, allowing one run on four hits with one strikeout and three walks.
Carey went 3-for-3 with two runs, two RBIs and a walk for the Demon Deacons. Conor Keniry and Charlie Morgan had two hits apiece.
WVU returns south to Myrtle Beach, S.C. from March 1-3 for the Caravelle Resort Baseball at the Beach tournament. The Mountaineers will face Indiana, UMBC and Florida Atlantic.