WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest (5-4) pounded out 18 hits in a 13-5 win over Davidson (5-3) at David F. Couch Ballpark Tuesday night.
“Hitting is contagious, and we’re getting it from different parts of the lineup<” Wake Forest coach Tom Walter said. “Keegan Maronpot did if for us today, and we got some production from the bottom of the lineup. We’re balanced and we’re putting together some quality at-bats.”
Maronpot delivered the biggest hit of the night, a lined grand-slam home run out to left field in the bottom of the 4th.
“It felt really good, especially with all my friends and teammates having success lately,” Maronpot said. “It felt good to get a home run on the board.”
Redshirt freshman Colin Peluse, who sat last years as he rehabbed from Tommy John surgery started the game for the Deacs. He was on a strict pitch count, and faced just eight batters before being relieved by fellow frosh Morgan McSweeney.
“Really happy with Colin Peluse’s start,” Walter said. “I thought he threw the ball well. He gave up a couple of unearned runs, but I thought he threw the ball well.”
McSweeney earned the victory for the Deacs in his second-consecutive solid outing on the mound, striking out five batters in 2 ? innings pitched.
“Morgan McSweeney came in behind him and threw the ball well, and then Carter Bach,” Walter said. “They came out and gave us six innings today, so I’m really pleased about our freshmen doing that against a good-hitting club.”
Jonathan Pryor, Jake Mueller and gavin Sheets all had a pair of hits for the Deacs. Maronpot was 3-for-3 at the plate, with five RBIs.
“Good at-bats all day from the top of our order — Pryor and Mueller set the table again,” Walter said. “If we can get those two guys on at the top for Stuart (Fairchild) and Gav (Gavin Sheets), we’re going to score some runs.”
Right fielder Maronpot raised his average to .265 with his performance against Davidson.
“Just looking for some good pitches to hit. I’ve been struggling a little bit of late,” he said. “I was looking to make some good contact and I got lucky.
“We’re in the right approach and swinging at the right pitches. We have a lot of confidence right now. Every inning we go out thinking we’re going to put up a five or six-spot.”
The Deacs play four games this coming weekend, starting with a 4 p.m. Friday first pitch against Quinnipiac (4-3). Connor Johnstone (1-0) will get the start for the Deacs Friday. Walter said he plans to start Parker Dunshee (1-1) and Donnie Sellers (1-0) Saturday in the double header against Kent State (6-1).
It’s possible, Walter said, that Colin Peluse could get the start Sunday when the Deacs host Radford (1-7).