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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Catcher Austin Jones, Wake Forest
First Base Allan Dykstra, Wake Forest
Second Base Matt Gaski, FLORIDA
Shortstop Adam Davis, FLORIDA
Third Base Ronnie Bourquin,
Outfield Jacob Howell, Ohio State
Outfield Jacob Priday,
Outfield Zane Taylor, Missouri
Pitcher Bryan Augenstein, FLORIDA
Pitcher Max Scherzer,
Pitcher Ben Hunter, Wake Forest
Valuable Player Charlie Mellies, Wake
- 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.