Around the Bases
Smith homers twice as
Wake Forest whips Virginia
By Sean Ryan
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Tyler Smith blasted two traditional home
runs, but it was Allan Dykstra's three-run inside-the-park job
that sparked a six-run fourth inning as Wake Forest trounced
Virginia 14-3 Saturday night at Davenport Field to even their
The Demon Deacons (7-12, 15-23) put some good swings on
Cavaliers ace Jacob Thompson (4-2) early before Virginia (12-8,
30-11) unraveled in the fourth. The Cavaliers committed two
errors - one a tough chance when shortstop Greg Miclat made a
splendid play to snare a ball with his backhand but fired wide
of second attempting a force.
Dykstra (2 for 6, 4 RBI) lofted a long fly that seemed to be in
the air forever, finally caroming off the wall and back toward
the infield. He put his head down and was waved home, barely
beating the relay and giving the Deacs an 8-2 edge.
Thompson couldn't escape the fourth, a nightmarish inning when
all six runs were unearned.
An inning later, Smith (2 for 5, 3 R, 4 RBI) hit the first of
his two homers to right and Willy Fox (3 for 5, 2 R, 2 RBI)
added a RBI single for a 10-2 edge. Ben Terry added two hits and
two runs and made a slick, hard-charging diving catch in center
in the fifth inning. Evan Ocheltree contributed two hits and two
Charlie Mellies (1-4) was the beneficiary of the offensive
explosion – Wake entered Saturday night averaging just more than
three runs a game in its past 14 conference outings - and worked
eight innings with three earned runs and six strikeouts.
Jeremy Farrell had two RBI to lead the Cavaliers, who lost for
just their fourth time in 29 games at Davenport Field.