Senior Bobby Freking extended his career-long hitting streak to 16 games with his single in the first inning
March 5, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Xavier baseball team battled tough defensive play down the stretch from Wake Forest, falling to the Demon Deacons by a 4-2 margin Friday evening at Wake Forest Baseball Park. With the loss, XU falls to 1-7 on the season while WF improves to 4-6 overall.
Four Musketeers tallied one hit in the game, including junior Phil Bauer who was 1-for-3 at the plate and collected an RBI. Senior Bobby Freking was 1-for-4 today, extending his career-long hitting streak to 16 games dating back to last season.
Wake Forest got a quick run on the board in the first inning on a sacrifice fly out but left three on the bases as redshirt freshman Nate Mutsch fanned Carlos Lopez to get out of the jam.
Xavier answered with two in the top of second to take the lead, 2-1. Junior Ryan Bellamy was walked to open the inning and redshirt Neil Lindgren followed with a single through the left side. Lindgren was able to make it around to second on the play on a Demon Deacon fielding error and Bellamy raced home to score the Musketeers' first run of the game.
With Lindgren on second, freshman Patrick Paligraf grounded out to the short stop, allowing Lindgren to reach third. Bauer was up next, reaching first on another WF fielding error and Lindgren came home to put XU up one, 2-1.
The Deacs tied the game with an RBI single in the third and then took back the lead with a two run sixth on back-to-back doubles. Wake Forest held on to the advantage through the next three innings, taking the game, 4-2.
Mutsch (0-2) took the loss for the Musketeers after putting in 5.1 innings of work. He gave up four runs on eight hits and struck out three while walking two. Freshman Seth Willoughby tossed one inning of middle relief and redshirt sophomore Shane Liska closed out the game for the Musketeers.
Michael Dimock (1-1) got the win for the Demon Deacons as he threw six complete innings. He gave up two unearned runs on four hits and struck out none while walking one. Matt Conway (1) got the save for GT as he tossed the last three innings of the contest.
The Musketeers and Demon Deacons return to action Saturday, March 6, with a 4 p.m. contest at Wake Forest Baseball Park.