WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A pair of Wake Forest pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout as the Demon Deacons (21-17, 6-10 ACC) downed No. 6 Florida State (22-9, 9-3 ACC) by a 9-0 final at Couch Ballpark on Friday evening.
Florida State received a solid outing from starter Mike Compton (4-2), despite surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks. Meanwhile, the Seminoles offense received three hits from the combination of Dylan Busby (1-3), Jackson Lueck (1-2) and Donovan Petrey (1-2).
Wake Forest was led by the pitching duo of Parker Dunshee, who moved to 5-3 on the season, and Donnie Sellers. Dunshee went seven full innings and limited the Seminole offense to two hits and three walks, while striking out four batters. Sellers also held the FSU bats in check as he yielded one hit and one walk.
Jonathan Pryor broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth inning when he sent a 1-0 pitch by Compton over the left field wall to give the Demon Deacons a 1-0 lead.
Wake Forest widened its lead in the bottom of the sixth after a Keegan Maronpot leadoff single into right field. He later scored on an RBI single through the left side by Pryor. With one out, Nate Mondou cleared the bases with a single into left, scoring Johnny Aiello and Pryor, as the Demon Deacons completed the inning with a 4-0 advantage.
The Deacs’ Ben Brezeale opened the home half of the seventh with a double to centerfield. Aiello and Pryor followed with back-to-back walks, loading the bases for Kevin Conway who delivered with a sacrifice fly to centerfield to stretch the lead to 5-0.
WFU came through with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning after Will Craig opened with bloop single into right field. Two batters later, Stuart Fairchild loaded the bases when he was hit by a pitch. Brezeale followed by driving the first pitch over the right centerfield wall to give the Demon Deacons a 9-0 lead.
The series continues with a Saturday afternoon game, scheduled for 4 p.m., that pits Seminole sophomore right hander Drew Carlton (4-2, 3.41 ERA) against Drew Loepprich (2-1, 3.92).
The two teams complete the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday in a pitching matchup that includes FSU’s Cole Sands (3-3, 4.25 ERA) and Connor Johnstone (1-3, 5.74).
The games are being broadcast as part of the ESPN3 package with commentary from Stan Cotton (play-by-play) and Lary Sorensen (color).
Seminole fans can always stay up-to-date with the Florida State Baseball team by following the official twitter page of the Seminoles (@FSUBaseball).