HPU Baseball Loses At Wake Forest, 6-0

• High Point dropped the first game of its home-and-home series against Wake Forest with a 6-0 loss in Winston-Salem, N.C.
• Seniors Spencer Angelis and Josh Spano and freshman Carson Jackson all recorded two hits in the game.
• Sophomore Peter Ripke performed well out of the bullpen with 3-2/3 shutout innings.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The High Point University baseball team fell to Wake Forest by a score of 6-0 on Tuesday night in Winston-Salem, N.C. Three Panthers had multiple hits in the loss.

“This was obviously not the results we were looking for tonight,” head coach Craig Cozart said. “You can’t leave 12 runners on base and expect to win. We need to bounce back and try to pick up a win at home tomorrow to split the series.”

Redshirt-junior Jace Herrera took the loss for High Point and fell to 0-2 on the season. The right-hander pitched 4-1/3 innings and gave up six earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out just one.

Will Craig earned the win on the mound for the Demon Deacons, improving to 3-3 for the year. Craig pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just six hits and two walks with six strikeouts.

The Panthers fell behind in the third inning as Wake Forest scored four runs to take a 4-0 lead. Kevin Conway, Nate Mondou, Justin Yurchak and Gavin Sheets all picked up RBI in the frame.

Wake Forest added a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth to push its lead to 6-0. Drew Freedman drove in the run in the fourth with an RBI double and Justin Yurchak hit a solo home run in the fifth for the Demon Deacons.

Sophomore Peter Ripke shut down the Wake Forest after entering the game in the fifth inning. Ripke pitched 3-2/3 scoreless innings and gave up just one walk while striking out two.

The Panthers outhit Wake Forest, 9-8, on the night but were unable to find a run, stranding 12 in the game. Senior Spencer Angelis and freshman Carson Jackson both registered two hits and a double for HPU in the loss. Senior Josh Spano also had multiple hits with two singles and freshman Hunter Lee went 1-3 with two walks.

High Point and Wake Forest will wrap up their midweek series when they meet at Williard Stadium on Wednesday, April 29, at 6 p.m. The Panthers will try and split the series with WFU for the second year in a row with a win.