After losing a close 3 game series to a really good Louisville team, the 20th ranked Deacs squared off against the defending champions from Coastal Carolina for the 2nd time this season. The No. 26 Chanticleers were looking to get even after they dropped the previous matchup with Wake Forest 13-8. The Deacs overcame a relatively slow start with an explosive 6th inning to win the matchup by a score of 19-9. Stuart Fairchild gets the game ball in this one, finishing the game with 2 home run hits and 7 RBIs.
DEACS WIN! No. 20 Wake Forest blasts four homers to beat the defending national champions, No. 26 Coastal Carolina, 19-9! pic.twitter.com/M8KoFeTyRq— Wake Forest Baseball (@WakeBaseball) April 12, 2017
The game started off slowly with neither team able to get much going offensively. That changed in the top of the 3rd inning when Cory Wood hit a 3-run home run to give the Chanticleers the lead. Coastal’s lead built to 5-0 in the 4th inning before the Deacs were able to answer back. Just when things started to look a little worrisome for the Deacs, they scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th to cut the Chanticleer lead to 3.
B4: On the board! Bruce Steel ropes a two-run double into the left-field corner to bring home Harvey and Breazeale. Coastal leads, 5-2. pic.twitter.com/gSJRusQdMN— Wake Forest Baseball (@WakeBaseball) April 11, 2017
After Coastal added 1 run in the top of the 5th, Stuart Fairchild blasted a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 5th to bring the Deacs within 1, 6-5.
B5: Fairchild's longball brings the Deacs within a run. Bobby Hearn out to the mound for his first-career appearance, returning from injury. pic.twitter.com/EuMI3wn3pd— Wake Forest Baseball (@WakeBaseball) April 11, 2017
Coastal Carolina added 1 run in 6th, and then the Deacs absolutely caught fire. After an RBI single from Jonathan Pryor, a Jake Mueller bunt loaded the bases. Stuart Fairchild then hammered a grand slam on his second home run of the game, and gave the Deacs the lead at 10-7.
GRAND SLAM! Fairchild's long fly bounces off the top of the wall and out of the park! Wake Forest takes its first lead, 10-7! pic.twitter.com/UwUuVz1RlV— Wake Forest Baseball (@WakeBaseball) April 12, 2017
But the inning was far from over for the Deacs. On the very next at bat, Gavin Sheets hit a home run to give the Deacs an 11-7 lead. Wake Forest would go on to score 10 runs in the 6th inning, which seemingly lasted for over an hour.
B6: Whew!— Wake Forest Baseball (@WakeBaseball) April 12, 2017
- 10-run inning
- Fairchild: first-career multi homer game, career-high 7 RBIs pic.twitter.com/6unu6Rnf0B
From the 6th inning on, Wake Forest was in control of this one. Johnny Aiello put the final nail in the coffin in the top of the 8th with a three run homer.
THE EXCLAMATION POINT! After a Sheets RBI single, Aiello MASHES a 422-foot blast. Three-run bomb makes it 19-9. pic.twitter.com/QJBGrFozv4— Wake Forest Baseball (@WakeBaseball) April 12, 2017
With this win, the Deacs move to 24-10 overall and have a quick turnaround, playing at Elon tomorrow night.
First pitch will be at 6 PM at Elon. Wake Forest then returns home for a three-game series this weekend against ACC foe Notre Dame.