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Aiello homers twice as Deacs top Davidson 12-6

The Deacs topped Davidson 12-6 Wednesday, fueled by a pair of home runs by third baseman Johnny Aiello.

From Wake Media Relations: 

DAVIDSON, N.C. -- No. 17 Wake Forest took advantage of three home runs and five doubles in a 12-6 victory over Davidson at Wilson Field on Wednesday night.

The Demon Deacons (30-13) picked up their 30th win, the fastest to 30 for the program since also doing so in 43 games in 2006.

Johnny Aiello blasted two home runs for his third-career multi-homer game, also adding a two-run single to finish with five RBIs.

Jake Mueller added three doubles while Stuart Fairchild went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs.

Wake Forest is now off for a week for final exams, so all three regulars in the weekend rotation received work. Parker Dunshee started and struck out five in 3.0 scoreless frames. Chris Farish (0.2 innings, strikeout), Donnie Sellers (1.1 innings, strikeout) and Colin Peluse (1.0 inning, strikeout) added scoreless outings in relief.

Aiello and Keegan Maronpot both homered in the fourth to put Wake Forest in front, 2-0.

The Wildcats (21-17) answered back with a pair of two-out RBIs in the fifth to knot the score at 2-2.

Wake Forest plated six runs in the sixth thanks in part to a trio of Davidson errors. Fairchild's RBI double and Aiello's two-run single capped off the scoring for the Deacs, who took an 8-2 lead.

Davidson chipped away with a solo homer by Justin Lebek in the sixth and three doubles in the seventh, which brought home three runs to make the score 8-6.

The Deacs pulled away for good with an Aiello two-run bomb to straightaway center in the eighth and a Fairchild two-run double in the ninth.

Wake Forest returns to action May 5-7, playing host to Boston College for a three-game ACC series.

Post-Game Q&A with Wake Forest coach Tom Walter by Demon Deacon Digest publisher Les Johns

General thoughts on the game

Walter: "We didn't pitch it very well. Dunshee pitched well, I thought. Really pleased with Chris Farish bridged the inning and got us two big outs. We just didn't make enough pitches. We're tired right now, and it shows in everything we're doing. We're looking forward to exam week so that we can kind of get out legs back and recharge the batteries. We're beat up in school right now and beat up on the field right now. This week-long break is coming at a good time." 

On if the team might have been taking at-bats off after they gained workable leads

Walter: "I agree with that totally. What happens is sometimes we get a little overanxious. Against certain pitchers, you have to be willing to walk. We got a little over aggressive and bailed Hudson out at times. If we're willing to walk in those situations, it changes the whole game."

On Johnny Aiello and Jake Mueller having big games

Walter: "Johnny swung the bat really well. I thought the two-run home run was a big play in the game. Both those guys."

On taking advantage of the mid-game errors by Davidson

Walter: "Two bunts where they didn't get an out. That's part of college baseball. You make good bunts in that situation to put pressure on the defense to make plays. In wet conditions out here it's tough to record outs."


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