Wake Forest Defeats Virginia With Comeback Again
April 7, 2001
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The University of Virginia baseball team dropped its sixth consecutive game, but this one looked all to familiar as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons earned a 14-8 victory over the visiting Virginia Cavaliers. After UVa pulled out to an 8-2 lead, Wake Forest stormed back to score 12 unanswered runs, including 11 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come away with a 14-8 comeback victory. The Cavaliers watched an 8-4 lead in the eighth inning disappear in a 9-8 loss in the first game of the series on Friday.
Things looked good for Virginia early on as the Cavaliers turned a 1-0 first inning deficit into a 5-1 lead in the top of the third inning. With the game tied at 1-1, Hunter Wyant (2-5, two runs, RBI, home run) hit a double down the left field line before scoring two batters later when Dan Street (2-4, two RBI, two runs) hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center field to score Wyant to give UVa a 2-1 lead. Eric Christensen (1-4, RBI, run) reached base after being hit by a pitch before Jon Benick (2-5, two RBI, run) recorded his ACC-leading 12th home run of the season with a two-run blast to left field. Doug Vroman (1-4, RBI) drove in Virginia’s fourth run of the inning when scored Chris Sweet (1-3, RBI, run) on an RBI single to center field.
Wake Forest scored a run in the bottom of the third inning to make it a 5-2 game, but Virginia scored three more runs in the top of the fourth inning to pull out to an 8-2 lead. Wyant hit a solo home run to right field before D. Street scored Mark Rueffert on an RBI-double to center field. Street eventually scored the Cavaliers final run of the game when Christensen drove him in on an RBI-single to center field to give Virginia its 8-2 lead.
But like Friday’s game where the Demon Deacons stormed back in the eighth inning to retake the lead, Wake Forest did it once again, only this time in the seventh inning. The Demon Deacons scored 11 runs on 10 hits to completely turn the game around and take control of the contest. Wake Forest hit three home runs, two doubles and five singles to open up a 14-8 lead through seven innings of play.
The Demon Deacons’ Brad Comer posted his first victory of the season after pitching 3.2 innings and allowing no runs or hits while striking out two Virginia batters. UVa’s Canon Hickman (2-4) took the loss after replacing Joseph Koshansky (6.0 IP, 5 runs, 11 hits, 5 KO). Hickman pitched only 0.1 of an inning but surrendered seven runs (five earned) on six hits before being replaced by Greg Hansard.
With the loss, Virginia’s record falls to 17-16 overall, 5-9 in the ACC. Wake Forest improves to 22-10 overall, 8-6 in the conference.
The Cavaliers and Demon Deacons will play the final game of the ACC series on Sunday, April 8th at 1:30 p.m. at Hooks Stadium.