The Wake Forest baseball team continued to show that it is more than capable of hosting an NCAA Tournament Regional come May. The Diamond Deacs won all five games it played last week, including a 19-9 win over the defending National Champions in Coastal Carolina.
Coastal Carolina (22-13-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead on Tuesday afternoon at David Couch Ballpark, but from there the midweek games proved to not be much of a challenge as the Deacs rallied to outscore the Chanticleers 19-4 the rest of the way to win convincingly.
Wednesday produced a mercy rule against regional opponent Elon (18-19). Wake wound up winning 13-1 in 7 innings, as a 10-run mercy rule was established before the game. In two games this year Wake Forest outscored Elon 27-2 (over 16 innings).
The Deacs then hosted a red-hot Notre Dame Fighting Irish (15-20, 7-11 in ACC) team to Winston-Salem, winners of 8 out of 10 coming into the series. This was no problem at all for the Tom Walter led squad, as the Diamond Deacs produced its first ACC sweep of the year, outscoring the Fighting Irish 22-11 over the three games.
I will remind you though—-do not let this sweep of the Notre Dame baseball team distract you from the fact that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team went 4-8 last year.
With the 5-0 week, Wake Forest moves to 28-10 overall, and are 12-6 in the ACC. The sweep puts the Deacs in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division, 3.5 games up on Florida State. The Seminoles finish up their series with the Clemson Tigers today.
If the Noles manage to knock off the Tigers this afternoon it will pull Wake within 2 games of second place in the Atlantic.
It also keeps Wake Forest in a good place for ACC Tournament seeding, as well as hosting a series.
Currently the Deacs are in the that 4th place spot, 2 games ahead of the Virginia Cavaliers.
Wake moved back up to 17th in the Baseball America national rankings, and will take on Charlotte tomorrow in Winston-Salem before heading to Clemson this weekend for a crucial Atlantic Division matchup.