The final week of March produced what Wake Forest fans have gotten used to seeing out of their baseball team, and that’s win and after win. Following a 3-1 week featuring a win over Appalachian State and a series win over Miami in Coral Gables, the Diamond Deacs have moved up to 17th in the Baseball America polls.
Wake Forest currently sits at 21-8 (8-4), and solidly in third place in the Atlantic Division, two games above Florida State, and 2 games below Louisville and Clemson. The Diamond Deacs are solidly in the NCAA Tournament field at this juncture, and are looking to make a run at hosting a Regional if they can keep this kind of play up.
Bruce Steel was the mid-week hero for the Deacs on Tuesday night in Boone, as he launched a 9th inning home run to break a 4-4 tie to defeat the Mountaineers.
Against Miami, Wake Forest somehow managed to split the Friday and Saturday games despite managing just 3 runs on 9 hits, which is very uncharacteristic given how hot the bats have been this season. Sunday was more of the powerful hitting that these guys have been known for, blowing Miami out 9-0 in the rubber match on the back of 4 home runs.
The Deacs finished March with a 16-4 record, while outscoring its opponents 163-89 (8.19-4.45 per game).
A big week looms for Coach Walter and his squad though, as two mid-week games against Elon preface a huge intra-Atlantic Division matchup at Louisville this weekend. The Cardinals are 24-3 (10-2), and currently ranked 2nd in the nation according to Baseball America.