WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It was an apparent power surge that made many technological contraptions at David F. Couch Ballpark inoperable Friday night.
Both electronic scoreboards were down and the Deacs were unable to live-stream the game for the ACC Network.
But it was another type of power surge that provided a comfortable win for the Deacs (31-13, 14-8), as they claimed a 15-5 victory over Boston College (18-25. 7-18) in the first game of a three-game ACC series.
Gavin Sheets reclaimed the club lead in home runs (17) after a pair of towering blasts to right-center, and Keegan Maronpot added two dingers himself to become the fourth Deac to reach double figures in that category.
“It’s nice playing here with the wind sometimes,” Maronpot said about his first home run, which was likely a bit wind-aided. The second shot was a blast however.
“That one felt good,” he said with a smile. “The first one I thought was just a flyball.”
It was Boston College, however, who started the game with four-straight hard hit base knocks against Wake ace Parker Dunshee, including a three-run home run by Michael Strem — his first of the season.
It took six-consecutive two-out hits in the bottom of the 2nd for the Deacs to take command, ripping away the 3-0 Eagle lead and turning it into a 6-3 advantage.
“That second inning was great because of the two-out RBIs,” Walter said. “Logan Harvey had a great at-bat. He was down in the count 0-2 and battles back and doubles in the gap. (Jonathan) Pryor singles, (Jake) Mueller gets a bunt hit, (Stuart) Fairchild singles, Sheets singles by beating the shift with two strikes willing to do the other way.
“That inning allowed us to let out a collective breath.”
“Hitting is contagious,” Sheets said. “That’s why our lineup is so successful. Logan Harvey had the biggest hit of the inning to get it started. From there, we rolled.”
Meanwhile, Dunshee settled in, scattering just three hits over his next five innings worked while striking out seven batters. He was lifted with one our in the 7th, but earned the victory to move 8-1 on the year.
“I was glad to see Dunshee respond, which we knew he would,” Walter said.
“I just wasn’t sharp coming out, and luckily our offense had my back and scored a bunch of runs,” Dunshee said. “Finding my breaking ball for a strike was key, and my fastball got better as the game wore on.”
The Deacs pounded out 18 hits on the night, with every starter collecting a base hit and scoring except shortstop Bruce Steel.
Chris Farish cleaned up the 7th for Dunshee, coming in and striking out the only two batters he faced.
“He came in and got two bit strikeouts for us,” Walter said. “We probably could have run Dunshee another couple hitters. Chris has been throwing the ball well, and we wanted to get him in that leverage situation.”
John McCarren pitched the final two innings for the Deacs, striking out the first four he faced and setting all six batters down in order.
“John was great,” Walter said. “We knew he would bounce back. He’s been too good in his career to scuffle for long. The break did him good.”
Game two of the series is slated for a 4 p.m. first pitch Saturday. Donnie Sellers (3-3, 4.37) gets the start for Wake against Boston College’s Dan Metzdorf (2-5, 4.65). The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.