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Sunday February 26, 2006Wake Forest Shuts Out No. 1 Baseball, 4-0

Gainesville, FL

Wake Forest junior right-hander Charlie Mellies twirled a five-hit shutout on Sunday afternoon as the Demon Deacons claimed The Pepsi Baseball Classic with a 4-0 blanking of No. 1 Florida. WF (6-3) swept all three games in the tournament held at McKethan Stadium and handed the Gators (8-3) their first shutout defeat since March 25, 2005, a 2-0 loss to South Carolina. Mellies (2-0) totaled six strikeouts, walked just one batter and yielded five singles in registering the third complete game of his career. He was named as the event’s Most Valuable Player.  

 

“I think that Wake Forest pitched extremely well,” said head coach Pat McMahon. “We have to swing the bat better and put the ball in play, and our guys will find a way to do that.”

 

The Deacons out-hit the Gators by a 14-5 margin, as five different players chipped in multiple-hit outings. Freshman Allan Dykstra and freshman Weldon Woodall were each 3-for-4 with an RBI apiece, while freshman Dustin Hood and sophomore Eric Williams were 2-for-5. Florida junior Adam Davis (Ft. Myers, Fla.) led the hosts with a pair of hits.

 

Wake Forest had a prime chance to open the scoring in the second, when it had runners on the corners with one down. Sophomore Andy Goff led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by senior Casey Sterk. Woodall looped a Texas Leaguer into center for a hit, but freshman J.K. LaCoste (Jacksonville, Fla.) had sophomore Austin Jones ground into a 1-6-3 double play to end the frame.

 

The Demon Deacons broke through with three hits and two runs and knocked LaCoste from the game in the third. Williams stroked a one-out single and came across on Hood’s second double of the year. After LaCoste issued a walk to junior Matt Antonelli, Dykstra roped a single to right to score Hood with the second run and advance Antonelli to third. Sophomore Josh Edmondson (LaGrange, Ga.) came out of the bullpen to fan Goff and had a ground ball by Sterk force Dykstra at second. Making his third start, LaCoste (1-1) surrendered six hits over 2.1 innings.   

 

Following senior Stephen Barton’s (Miami, Fla.) leadoff single in the first, Mellies retired nine straight batters until Davis had a one-out infield hit in the fourth. Although junior Brian Leclerc’s (Clearwater, Fla.) grounder moved Davis into scoring position, Mellies had junior Gavin Dickey (Tallahassee, Fla.) tap out to short. 

 

Wake Forest added another run in the sixth for a 3-0 advantage. Goff and Dykstra poked back-to-back singles to start the frame and Sterk’s sacrifice attempt turned into a force at third as sophomore first baseman Bryson Barber (Pensacola, Fla.) fired a bullet to junior David Cash (Odessa, Fla.). Woodall delivered an RBI single to score Goff before Edmondson had Jones and Brian Shust ground out. 

 

The Deacons mounted another threat in the seventh on a one-out single by Hood off sophomore Tommy Wynn (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and a two-out base-hit by Dykstra off junior David Hurst (Jacksonville, Fla.). However, senior Darren O’Day (Jacksonville, Fla.) had Goff force Dykstra at second with a grounder.

 

Moments after the Gators turned a 9-3 double play in the eighth on Woodall’s fly ball, Jones cranked a solo shot into the left-field bleachers for a 4-0 Wake Forest lead. The homer was his second of the campaign.

 

In the bottom of the eighth, junior Austin Pride (Longwood, Fla.) punched a pinch-hit single with one down and sophomore Brandon McArthur’s (Seffner, Fla.) grounder was misplayed for an error. Mellies responded with a strikeout of junior Chris Petrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) and catcher Jones gunned down Pride trying to steal third. 

 

Freshman Avery Barnes (High Springs, Fla.) drew a leadoff walk in the home part of the ninth and Davis laced a one-out single to right for a pair of Gator runners on base. Mellies finished off the complete game by having Leclerc fly out and Dickey ground out.

 

The Gators are back in action on Tuesday night when they host No. 6 Florida State (10-1) at 6:30 p.m. at McKethan Stadium. The Seminoles claimed two of the three regular-season meetings last season before UF swept the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional to reach the College World Series.

 

The Pepsi Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team

Catcher                       Austin Jones, Wake Forest

First Base                    Allan Dykstra, Wake Forest

Second Base              Matt Gaski, FLORIDA

Shortstop                     Adam Davis, FLORIDA

Third Base                   Ronnie Bourquin, Ohio State

Outfield                       Jacob Howell, Ohio State

Outfield                       Jacob Priday, Missouri

Outfield                       Zane Taylor, Missouri

Starting Pitcher           Bryan Augenstein, FLORIDA

Starting Pitcher           Max Scherzer, Missouri

Relief Pitcher              Ben Hunter, Wake Forest

Most Valuable Player  Charlie Mellies, Wake Forest

 

Game Notes

  • Matt LaPorta did not see any action during The Pepsi Baseball Classic.
  • The Gators turned four double plays today, bringing their total to 17 on the season.
  • UF was out-scored on the weekend, 21-15, and batted .265.
  • Wake Forest’s most recent shutout until today was on Feb. 11, 2003 against Appalachian State.

 

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