A 58-minute rain and lightning delay forced a fifth-inning postponement in Game One between No. 21 Wake Forest and Florida State Friday evening at Dick Howser Stadium. The Demon Deacons lead 4-2.
Game One will resume Saturday, May 13, at 3:00 p.m. Reliever Chase Haney threw six strikes on six pitches to retire Wake Forest in the top of the fifth before the tarp was rolled on the field, and Matt Henderson is scheduled to lead off the fifth for the Noles.
Fans should retain their ticket stubs from Game One for re-entry on Saturday. Game Two is still scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start, but there will be at least a one-hour break between games. The graduation ceremony will begin 20 minutes prior to Game Two.
What was supposed to be an offensive shootout started with both pitchers dominating. Florida State starter Cole Sands allowed just one baserunner through the first three innings, a second-inning walk to Gavin Sheets. Wake Forest starter Parker Dunshee allowed one hit, to Taylor Walls in the third inning, and walked two without allowing a run.
The Wake Forest bats came to life in the fourth inning, tallying three runs on four hits off Sands. After a hit batter put a runner on base, Sheets launched his 18th home run of the year over the right field wall to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Sheets entered the weekend ranked sixth in the country in home runs and led the nation with 70 runs batted in.
Bruce Steel’s one-out double in the fourth made it 3-0 Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons left the bases loaded as Sands limited the damage with a fly out to J.C. Flowers to end the inning.
Drew Mendoza hit a one-out double off Dunshee in the fourth, and Tyler Holton hit a two-out home run over the right field wall to cut the Deacs lead to 3-2. It was Holton’s second home run in just his 13th at-bat of the season.
Wake Forest got one run back in the fifth on Stuart Fairchild’s 13th home run of the year. Sands left after that, allowing four runs in 4.1 innings. Clayton Kwiatkowski allowed a walk and a single, and Chase Haney entered and retired two batters to limit the damage before the weather delay halted the game Friday night.