Wake Forest Set to Host Towson, Marshall

Wake Forest

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Looking to improve to .500 once more, Wake Forest University will face off for four home games against Towson University and Marshall University. The Demon Deacons hoping to end non-conference weekend play on a winning note will enter Atlantic Coast Conference play next weekend.

Against Towson, Wake Forest holds a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series with the Tigers winning the most recent meeting 9-6 during the 2011 season. The two team’s series dates back to 1975.

Wake Forest has dominated Marshall, 10-1 in their all-time series, which started in 1960. The Demon Deacons were victorious for the first 10 games of the series in advance of Marshall winning the second game of a doubleheader last year.

Wake Forest knows how to get on base; the Demon Deacons have four starters presently getting on base in more than 40 percent of their plate appearances, as well as three with on-base percentages of better than .500.

Sophomore two-way threat Will Craig (Johnson City, Tenn./Science Hill HS), who is batting .462, leads the team in hits, runs and RBIs, as well as in OBP at .600 and has walked nine times.

Freshman outfielder Stuart Fairchild (Seattle, Wash. /Seattle Prep) is close behind at .593, and actually leads the ACC with four stolen bases as well.
Sophomore outfielder Jonathan Pryor (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) has showed up big for Wake as he has a hit in all seven games he has appeared in. He’s batting a team-best .476, while managing to get on base at a .542 clip.

Stuart Fairchild

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In pre-season preparations, head coach Tom Walter stated that Jonathan Pryor “has been making great strides in becoming an everyday player for us.” Thus far Pryor has lived up to those expectations.

Pryor has already doubled his production from last year when he totaled five hits on the season and his first career home run and two stolen bases has landed him a slot in the teams daily lineup.

Keep an eye on sophomore catcher Ben Breazeale (Pigeon Forge, Tenn./Pigeon Forge HS) as well he has a .424 OBP, also maintaining a .345 batting average and six RBIs, second-most on the team and will be a factor at backstop against both Towson and Marshall.

After this weekend’s campaign versus Towson and Marshall, the Deamon Deacons travel to UNC Greensboro for a single midweek tilt on Tuesday at 4 p.m., in advance of returning home to open ACC baseball play against Virginia Tech March 6-8.

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