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May 28, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - Zeke DeVoss went 3-for-4 for the Miami Hurricanes, keying his team to an early lead over Wake Forest, which the Hurricanes bullpen made stand up for a 4-2 win at the 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship held at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C.
The game closed the ACC Tournament for both teams and clinched the Pool A title for Virginia prior to the Cavaliers' game against North Carolina.
The Hurricanes (36-21) got to Demon Deacon starter Austin Stadler quickly. DeVoss and Nathan Melendres led off with singles, advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a two-out single by Chris Pelaez.
Miami added to its lead in the second. Brad Fieger walked, was bunted to second and scored on single by DeVoss.
Miami starter E.J. Encinosa fanned two batters with a runner on third in the top of the third.
Rony Rodriguez led off the Miami third with a long home run, well over the Blue Monster. It was his 12th home run of the season.
Wake Forest's offense responded with two outs in the sixth. Steven Brooks and Conor Keniry singled, followed by a walk from Mac Williamson. With the bases loaded and the tying run at the plate, Matt Conway walked to force in a run, the Demon Deacons' first run in 20.1 innings.
Adam Sargent relieved Encinosa and retired Carlos Lopez on a fly ball.
Wake coach Tom Walter lamented his team's inability to do more with the chance. "I would have liked to have gotten more. I knew we weren't going to get much against [Sam] Robinson and [Daniel] Miranda late."
The Demon Deacons continued their comeback in the seventh off Sargent. Singles by Mark Rhine and pinch-hitter Charlie Morgan set the table for Steven Brooks. The Wake Forest center fielder doubled high off the Blue Monster, making the score 4-2 and taking Sargent out. Miami reliever Sam Robinson inherited a two-on, two-out jam but forced pinch-hitter Jack Carey out on a come-backer to the mound.
Wake Forest's Michael Dimock relieved Stadler in the fourth and shut down the Miami offense. Dimock allowed no runs and four hits in 4.1 innings.
Encinosa (5-5) picked up the win, while Stadler (2-9) absorbed the loss. Daniel Miranda worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save.
Wake Forest ended its season at 25-31.
DeVoss had a spectacular tournament, batting 8-for-10, with a .857 on-base percentage. Miami coach Jim Morris says "all you can ask of a lead-off hitter is to get on base and Zeke is on base all the time."
Attendance was announced at 2,982.
Zeke DeVoss goes 3-for-4 and Rony Rodriguez hits his second home run of the tournament as Miami beats Wake Forest 4-2 ... the Hurricanes have at least one hit in each of their eight innings ... with the Miami victory, Virginia wins Pool A and advances to Sunday's ACC Baseball Championship title game for the third time in the past four years
Miami RHP E.J. Encinosa evens his record at 5-5, striking out six and allowing only three hits over 5.2 innings ... Sam Robinson's seventh-inning appearance was his 34th of the season, second most in the ACC ... Daniel Miranda pitches a scoreless ninth inning and picks up his team-leading 14th save, including four in four games against Wake Forest.
In three ACC Tournament games, DeVoss is hitting .800 (8-of-10) and has reached base in 12 of his 14 official plate appearances (.857); the Mims, Fla., sophomore leads the ACC with 32 stolen bases.
Rodriguez's third-inning home run is his second of the tournament and his team-high 12th of the year; the junior LF has hit Miami's last four home runs and his 39 RBIs also lead the team.
Senior CF Steven Brooks goes 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and an RBI; the double was his 13th of the season ... Michael Dimock relieves starter Austin Stadler in the fourth inning and holds the Hurricanes scoreless over 4.1 innings, striking out four and allowing four hits.