Deacs Down VCU

Wake downs VCU 11-9 on the diamond.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- The third-ranked Wake Forest baseball team defeated visiting VCU 11-9 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the season at Hooks Stadium. Kyle Sleeth picked up his 11th win of the year, going six innings and allowing just one earned run. Dave Bush threw a perfect 2.1 innings to earn his 11th save.

The Deacons (39-8) spotted the Rams four early runs with one in the first and three unearned runs in the second. Wake Forest came back with two runs in the second and third, tying the game on Brad Scioletti's RBI single to score Stephen Ghutzman.

In the fifth inning, Wake Forest took the lead with five runs, highlighted by Jeff Ruziecki's sixth home run of the year, a three-run blast to dead center field.

Virginia Commonwealth (30-21) did not fold the tent, however. The Rams chipped away and pulled to 11-9 in the seventh inning. With the tying run at the plate, the Deacons turned to Bush. The All-American from Devon, Pa., got Rigo Orozco to ground out to end the threat. Bush retired the Rams in order in eighth and ninth without allowing anyone to reach base.

Five Deacons had multi-hit days incluidng Ghutzman, Scioletti, Ryan Johnson, Ben Ingold and Ryan Hubbard. Steve LeFaivre added a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Wake Forest will play its final six games of the regular season on the road, beginning Monday at Liberty. Game time is 2:00 p.m. Junior Seth Hill makes the start for the Deacons who will be seeking their 40th win of the season.

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