Wake Forest Takes Midweek Game

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Wilson, N.C. -- Wake Forest (12-6) rallied to defeat East Carolina (8-9) at Fleming Stadium in Wilson on Wednesday.

WILSON, N.C. – Wake Forest rallied from a two-run deficit scoring three late runs in a 5-4 win over East Carolina Wednesday night at Fleming Stadium in a neutral site midweek contest. With the win the Demon Deacons improve to 12-6, while the Pirates fall to 8-9.

Trailing 4-2 after a 98-minute rain delay following the completion of the fifth inning, Wake Forest scored a run in the sixth and plated two more in the seventh to claim the victory. Will Craig, the reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Player-of-the-Week, pulled the Deacons within one, 4-3, with an RBI single that plated Matt Conway. Conway reached on an infield single and took second on a throwing error by Charlie Yorgen. Following Ben Breazeale's ground out, where Conway moved over to third, he strolled home on Craig's base hit just behind third base.

Wake took its first lead of the night in the seventh thanks to four hits off ECU reliever Ryan Williams. Nate Mondou singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch before he was thrown out at third on Grant Shambley's fielder's choice. Evan Stephens followed with a single to right putting runners on the corners for Conor Keniry, who singled to right tying the game at four-all. Charlie Morgan drove in the game-winning RBI with the Deacons third-straight hit pushing across Stephens.

Garrett Kelly (1-0) picked up the win in relief allowing one hit over two scoreless frames. Starter Matt Pirro was touched for four runs (all earned) on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in four innings. From that moment on, Wake's bullpen allowed just one hit over the final five frames recording five punch-outs. Aaron Fossas worked the ninth earning his third save of the season.

Williams (4-1) suffered the loss giving up a season-high three runs (two earned) on seven hits in 2.2 innings. Tyler Bolton worked five strong innings allowing a pair of unearned runs on five hits, while walking three and striking out two. Jacob Wolfe appeared in his third game in relief recording one out in the eighth.

ECU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first thanks to Bryce Harman's first career home run. Ben Fultz walked and two batters later Zach Houchins was hit by a pitch setting up Harman's three-run blast over the right field wall.

The Deacons answered in the bottom of the second plating two runs to pull within one, 3-2, thanks to two base hits and two Pirate throwing errors. Breazeale walked with one out and moved to second on Craig's ground out to second. Kevin Jordan followed with an infield single putting runners on the corners before moving into scoring position on a wild pitch. Mondou reached on a throwing error, which allowed Breazeale and Jordan to score.

Yorgen, who made his collegiate debut getting the start at second, drove in the Pirates fourth run reaching on a bases load fielder's choice that scored Harman for a 4-2 advantage. Harman walked to start the fourth and took third on a hit and run on Garrett Brooks single through the left side. Eric Tyler was hit by a pitch loading the bases for Yorgen, who slapped the ball towards first where Tyler was thrown out at second during a double-play attempt allowing Harman to score.

Offensively the Pirates managed just four hits with Harman collecting a pair. The Chesterfield, Va. native finished the night 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Houchins extended his current hit streak to six games going 1-for-3, while Brooks was 1-for-4.

Keniry, Mondou and Morgan combined for six of Wake's 12 hits, while driving in two of their five runs.

ECU will return to Conference USA action this weekend when it plays host to Tulane. First game of the weekend series is set for Friday, Mar. 14 at 6 p.m. (EST).

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