The Demon Deacons (29-6) scored in every inning except the fourth but the Panthers hung around, pulling within a run at 12-11 in the eighth inning. All-American Dave Bush put an end to the rally, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief for his ninth save of the year. Bush has gone ten straight appearances without allowing an earned run, a span of 14.1 innings.
Offensively, Ryan Johnson went 3-for-5 with three RBI and an eighth inning home run that gave the Deacons some breathing room. Adam Bourassa had three hits while Brad Scioletti, making his first start at second base, was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Ryder Mathias scored a career-high four runs.
Freshman Tim Morley earned credit for the win to improve to 3-2. He struck out six in six innings, allowing five runs on six hits with four walks.
Wake Forest improved to 16-1 in games decided by two runs or less this season. Thanks in large part to Bush, the Demon Deacons are now 59-0 when leading after seven innings over the last two years.
The Panthers slugged five home runs, equaling the most allowed by a Wake Forest opponent in this year. Andy Harney had two of those, his fifth and sixth homers of the season. High Point's 11 runs tied for the third most runs scored by a Deacon opponent this year. Only third-ranked Rice, 10th-ranked Florida State and 12th-ranked North Carolina has scored more.
Wake Forest will go for its 30th win of the season tomorrow as the homestand continues against Virginia Tech. First pitch is set for 3:00 p.m.