WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Deacs surrendered four runs on four hits to High Point in the first inning and were never able to mount a comeback in a 5-3 loss Tuesday afternoon at David F. Couch Ballpark.
“Can’t give up four in the first,:” Wake Forest coach Tom Walter said. “That puts too much pressure on your hitters. Playing from behind eventually catches up with you.”
High Point (26-18) used nine pitchers who scattered eight hits in the victory.
“Obviously we didn’t do a very good job offensively today against some arms we should handle. Give credit to the High Point pitchers. They threw strikes,” Walter said. “They didn’t walk but four guys. We just couldn’t put innings together. We got the leadoff hitter on five times. We had baserunners. We didn’t put quality at-bats together, and it was disappointing.
“We had bad at-bats pretty much all day. We didn’t barrell many balls up — maybe a couple. I just thought our approach wasn’t very good. We have to find a way to turn that around for tomorrow.”
The Deacs play at Radford at 6 p.m. Wednesday in what is suddenly a very much must-win midweek contest.
“We’re a veteran team, so we need to find a way to respond,” Walter said.
Colin Peluse had been a standard mid-week starter for the Deacs, but came out of the bullpen Tuesday to pitch three perfect innings.
“He’s been throwing the ball well. I’m excited about the way he pitched,” Walter said. “We need him in the bullpen as a set-up guy to get to Griffin (Roberts). We can’t always count on Griff for three innings. Colin is the best guy for that role. He and (John) McCarren will share that role, along with (Morgan) McSweeney to a certain degree.”
The Deacs have a three-game ACC series at Florida State this weekend. They finish the season with a home series against Pittsburgh.
“We have to be ready to play tomorrow and this weekend. Bad losses happen,” Walter said. “We have to recover.”