The Miami Hurricanes were able to jump out in front of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the first two game so of their series, but it was the home team that was able to jump out and out-slug the visitors to salvage a game out of the weekend.
After being outscored 25-9 in the first two games, the Demon Deacons slugged out 13 hits, scored 10 runs and kept the Hurricanes from bringing out the brooms on the road.
Both teams are among the best in the nation offensively and they showed just that this weekend, with a team scoring at least 10 runs in each game.
Led by Nate Mondou’s four RBIs, Wake Forest was able to chase starter Enrique Sosa after just 3 1/3 innings. Sosa pitched effectively, but was hurt once he fell behind hitters as each run he surrendered was a direct result from being behind in the count.
After both starters failed to go deep in their games, Wake needed a good outing from one of their pitchers with a depleted bullpen. Starter Connor Johnstone didn’t get out of the third inning either but the Demon Deacons was able to save their not-so-secret weapon for it mattered most, Parker Dunshee.
Consistently the team’s best pitcher for the entire season, Dunshee came on and pitched the final 6 2/3 innings, only allowing one run throughout to a Hurricanes team that scored an average of 1.39 runs-per-inning in the first two games.
Dunshee (4-0, 1.57) was used out of the bullpen last weekend against Florida State to help ensure their victory in the opening game and was saved again this weekend for this very reason. The sophomore let his defense do the work for him as he only struck out three batters, leaving just enough of the ball over the plate to induce 11 fly outs.
Jonathan Pryor a Tough Out
Saturday the Hurricanes used their leadoff hitter to set the table, leading them to victory. Sunday was a day for the Demon Deacons’ leadoff hitter. The Hurricanes were unable to retire Pryor until the seventh inning, his fifth at bat.
With three hits and a walk, Pryor scored two hits and drove in a run putting runners on base for the heart of the Demon Deacons’ lineup.
Rather Quiet Day for George Iskenderian
Behind the success of David Thompson the last week, it has been easy to forget about the consistent play that Iskenderian has brought to the lineup since being put in the middle of it.
It has been so consistently good (has hit nearly .400 in conference play), that an one hit game seems rather pedestrian in hindsight. Even with the lone hit, he found a way to make his presence known, driving in a run with that hit and later scoring while showing an extreme amount of aggressiveness.
Iskenderian took off on steal attempt before the Johnstone pitch got past the catcher, allowing Ricky Eusebio to score on the same play. After Dunshee entered the game, Iskenderian took off for third stealing it safely.
Two batters later when Thompson struck out on a pitch in the dirt, Wake catcher Nick Bisplinghoff couldn’t hang on and didn’t hold Iskederian at third before throwing to first and the Hurricanes’ shortstop took off, reaching home safely.
Upcoming For Teams
Wake Forest will play two midweek games against Charlotte and Appalachian State before continuing ACC play against the Clemson Tigers. For the Hurricanes, they play a lone game on Wednesday against Florida Gulf Coast, who they have already played twice this year and will head to Chapel Hill for a weekend set against North Carolina.