College Sports

Wake Forest beats back Appalachian State rally in 10-7 win

Wake Forest's starting pitcher Drew Loepprich fires off a pitch during Tuesday night's game played at BB&T Ballpark.
Wake Forest's starting pitcher Drew Loepprich fires off a pitch during Tuesday night's game played at BB&T Ballpark.

Wake Forest had the bases loaded early against Appalachian State but couldn’t score.

The Deacons didn’t make the same mistake twice.

Wake Forest’s batters put together three big innings against the Mountaineers en route to a 10-7 college baseball victory Tuesday night at BB&T BallPark.

Stuart Fairchild drove in four runs and 2015 ACC Player of the Year Will Craig added three RBIs for the Deacons (27-17), who overcame an early deficit and a late Appalachian State (11-30) rally to win their sixth straight.

Nate Moudou had three hits and scored three runs for Wake Forest, with Fairchild, Craig and Jonathan Pryor adding two hits each. In all, the Deacons connected for 13 hits against five different Mountaineer pitchers.

Starter John McCarren got the win for Wake Forest, giving up a run off three hits in three innings. He improved to 6-2 on the season.

Two of those hits came in the top of the first inning, including an RBI single by Brian Bauk that put Appalachian State up 1-0.

The Deacons managed to get to Mountaineers starter Seth Hardin for a pair of hits and a walk in the bottom of the first, loading the bases with two outs, but he emerged from the inning unscathed.

But Wake Forest struck back in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs off RBI singles from Mondou and Fairchild, and a two-run single from Craig.

The Deacons tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth, with Fairchild and Craig each driving in a run, and two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.

However, Appalachian State began to rally, scoring six runs over the final three innings – three in the top of the seventh, two more in the eighth off Grayson Atwood’s home run to left field, and one in the ninth.

Hardin took the loss for the Mountaineers, falling to 1-7 on the season.

Worth mentioning: Six players from Observer-area high schools were on the rosters Tuesday – junior Zach Hummel (Ardrey Kell), sophomores Parker Henderson (Harrisburg Hickory Ridge) and Drake Zupcic (Cuthbertson), and freshmen Tanner Mann-Fix (Olympic) and Jason Curtis (Marvin Ridge) for Appalachian State; and sophomore Drew Loepprich (Charlotte Country Day) for Wake Forest.

What's next: The Deacons host Elon in a nonconference game Wednesday at Couch Ballpark in Winston-Salem; the Mountaineers begin a three-game homestand against Sun Belt rival Arkansas State on Friday at Beaver Field in Boone.

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