WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Boston College shutout Wake Forest Saturday afternoon in an 8-0 win at David F. Couch Ballpark setting up a crucial series finale Sunday.
Boston College starter Dan Metzdorf kept the Demon Deacon bats at bay through his six innings of work, limiting Wake to just four hits while striking out five.
“We just didn’t put quality at-bats together. On days when the wind is blowing this way, you have to change your approach,” Wake Forest coach Tom Walter said. “That’s a guy who has historically walked some people, but we extended the strike zone a little bit. We flipped some counts in their direction and we struggled a little bit.
“Give him credit, but I didn’t feel our approach was very good. Too many fly ball outs. We didn’t run his pitch count up or put any pressure on him. We didn’t make them make any plays or have to pitch out of any jams. Give them credit, but we certainly need better at-bats.”
The Eagles jumped out early for the second night in a row, scoring twice in the first inning. Donnie Sellers took the loss on the mound for the Deacs, going six innings. He allowed five hits, three walks and three runs — two of which were earned.
“I didn’t think Donnie threw the ball very well today,” Walter said. “He didn’t have his good stuff. I’m not sure what happened. We have to make better pitches.”
The loss dropped Wake to 31-14 overall and 14-9 in the ACC. They are now just 1/2 game in front of Virginia for the No. 4 spot in the conference. A win in Sunday’s series finale over Boston College would extend the lead back to a full game with six conference contests left to go for both teams.
“We have C.J. (Connor Johnstone) on the mound, and anytime he’s pitching we like our chances,” Walter said. “We will respond. I can’t remember the last time we didn’t play well two games in a row. I have no doubt we’ll come out and play well tomorrow.”
First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. with Johnstone (6-0, 3.07) going against Brian Rapp (2-2, 3.83) for Boston College.