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Minnesota Defeats Wake Forest 8-3 & Ends Deacs' Season

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Dean Shore

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons could not defeat Minnesota for the second time in three days, and have been eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Wake Forest won Friday's game 5-3, but fell 8-3 on Sunday afternoon.

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The Deacs won the first contest against Minnesota thanks to a very strong outing from starting pitcher Parker Dunshee, but the pitching was not there on Sunday for Wake. Connor Johnstone threw 93 pitches in just 4.2 innings, and allowed 3 earned runs (4 in total). Wake needed a longer outing from Johnstone today. Will Craig, who is normally a reliable pitcher, allowed 4 runs in just 1.1 innings of work.

Wake didn't just lose this game because of pitching, however. Wake Forest had 8 hits in this contest, but were horrific with runners in scoring position, and as a result stranded 12 runners on base. The heart of the lineup typically did a strong job of getting on base, but the bottom of the lineup could not convert in necessary positions.

Wake Forest finishes the season with a 35-27 record, which is the program's best since 2002. In the coming weeks we will have some season in review articles and take a very early look at what next years Diamond Deacs will look like.