Sunday, August 20, 2017

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.–Gavin Sheets’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth powered No.1 Wake Forest to a 4-3 walk-off victory over second-seeded West Virginia University at David F. Couch Ballpark on Saturday night at the Winston-Salem Regional.

With one out, Sheets drove a single to deep right center field, scoring Jonathan Pryor from second.

“Somebody had to lose it I guess, shame it was us,” Mountaineers’ head coach Randy Mazey said. “You don’t realize it right now, how much fun it was because you’re so disappointed, but, gosh.”

Starter Isaiah Kearns tossed four innings for WVU (35-25). He surrendered two runs on three hits while striking out four.

Kearns’ mound opponent Parker Dunshee threw a seven-inning gem. He gave up three runs on six hits and fanned five for the Demon Deacons (41-18).

Kyle Gray and Braden Zarbnisky each had two hits.

Gray led off the game with a double and scored on Darius Hill’s single. Then Jackson Cramer hit a line drive over the right field fence to put the Mountaineers up 3-0.

Kearns tossed back-to-back 1-2-3 innings before running into trouble in the third but a double play by Darius Hill and a pickoff at second ended the Wake Forest threat.

In the fifth, a two-run homer from Bruce Steel cut the Demon Deacons’ deficit to one, 3-2. Sam Kessler replaced Kearns and recorded three quick outs.

After a controversial foul call in the seventh, Wake Forest tied the game at 3-all on Jonathan Pryor’s double to left field.

WVU threatened in the eighth but came up empty after stranding runners at first and second after Griffin Roberts struck out two batters to end the frame.

WVU and Maryland will square off on Sunday at noon in an elimination game.

Cover Photo Credit: Dale Sparks- All Pro All Sports Photography- Dale Sparks- wvusports.com

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