Wake Forest wanted this one badly, that was apparent when they brought in their usual Saturday pitcher Parker Dunshee in relief of starter Matt Pirro. The plan worked as the Demon Deacons' one-two punch pitched nine innings of one run baseball to lead Wake Forest to a 4-1 victory over Florida State.
Pirro tossed five and two-thirds innings giving up just two hits, a run, walking three, and striking out four. Dunshee picked up in the sixth and tossed the remaining three and a third innings giving up just two more hits, no runs, walking five, but striking out seven.
The Deacon offense would muster twelve hits on the night in support of Pirro and Dunshee led by second baseman Nate Mondou. The sophomore finished the game with two hits and scored two runs.
Against Ed Voyles, getting the start in place of normal Friday guy Mike Compton, the Deacons plated a run in the 2nd inning, followed by two more in the 3rd inning, to take a 3-0 lead on the Seminoles.
Compton was diagnosed with an abdominal strain, sustained in pre-game warmups, and head coach Mike Martin did not have a timetable on his return.
Wake Forest plated another run in the 6th inning to extend the lead to 4-0 off the other Voyles twin Jim. Will Zirzow was the bright spot on the night for the Seminoles tossing three and a third innings, giving up just one hit, no runs, walking none, and striking out four. The Seminole bullpen continues to show some promise in 2015, with a new face emerging nearly every time out.
At the plate the Noles couldn't get anything going against the aforementioned Pirro and Dunshee. The lone run came in the bottom of the 6th when Quincy Nieporte worked a bases loaded walk to cut the Deacons' lead to 4-1. FSU would bring the tying run to the plate in both the 8th and 9th innings, but couldn't capitalize as Wake Forest held on for the win.
The loss drops FSU to 15-4 (3-1 ACC) this season, while Wake Forest improves to 13-6 (3-1 ACC). The defeat snapped the Noles 11 game winning streak and was the first loss at home in 2015.
Wake Forest threw just about everything they had at Florida State Friday night and it was apparent they are playing not to get swept. It paid off tonight, but will be interesting to see what they have left the rest of the weekend against the Noles. Game 2 is tomorrow at 6 PM.