Conway, Wake Forest pound HPU, 15-6
Kevin Conway hit a grand slam for Wake Forest to help put the cap on a 15-6 victory over High Point University on Wednesday night.
Ryan Retz finished 2-for3 at the plate with one RBI while Adam Barry went 2-5 with a run scored for the Panthers. Willie Medina went 1-for-3 and scored two runs.
Conway’s blast finished the scoring for the Demon Deacons.
“We came out ready to play today but our performance on the mound brought that to a screeching halt,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “When you walk guys and aren’t competitive on the mound it hampers your team when it comes to energy. That is what we did tonight and we got what we deserved based on how we pitched.”
Redshirt-junior Michael Heller suffered the loss for High Point, falling to 1-1 on the season. Heller pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed six runs on three hits and five walks.
The Demon Deacons’ Colin Egan earned the win on the night with 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
High Point took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as two HPU runners scored on a single by Retz. Medina led off the game with a double down the left field line and sophomore Dane McDermott singled to center moving Medina to third. Retz came up with two outs and hit a single to right to score Medina. An error by the Demon Deacons’ right fielder allowed McDermott to come around from first and score.
Wake Forest came back in the bottom of the inning with five runs of its own to take a 5-3 lead. The Demon Deacons scored the first two runs on a bases loaded walk and a sacrifice fly before a three-run home run by Jack Carey cleared the bases.
The score difference remained three in the second inning as both teams pushed a run across in the frame, making the score 6-3. Junior Kyle Brandenburg got HPU on the board in the top of the inning with a sacrifice fly to score graduate student Adam Barry and Wake Forest got an RBI single from Charlie Morgan in the bottom of the second.
After Wake Forest scored three times in the fourth and twice in the fifth to take an 11-3 lead, the Panthers chipped into WFU advantage with two runs in the top of the seventh.
High Point scored the final run of the game in the top of the eighth with an RBI double by sophomore Stephen Wytiaz to make the final score 15-6.