WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Carlos Lopez and Mac Williamson blasted home runs and Brian Holmes struck out eight batters in five innings as Wake Forest handed No. 4 Florida State its first conference loss, 7-5 in the series finale Sunday.
Holmes earned the win to move to 5-0, while senior closer Michael Dimock notched his seventh save.
Wake Forest improved to 17-9, 4-5 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Florida State dropped to 21-3, 8-1.
Pat Blair, Mark Rhine and Lopez each picked up two hits, while Wake Forest totaled nine. It marked the second consecutive multi-hit game for Blair.
Jack Carey and Williamson each notched two RBI.
Holmes allowed one run and two hits through five innings. His eight strikeouts were just two off his career-best.
Holmes retired three consecutive batters in the second inning, throwing just 10 pitches and recording two strikeouts. Lopez then put the Deacs on the board in the bottom of the inning when he launched a lead-off solo home run over the right field wall.
The home run was Lopez’s second of the series, eighth of the season and 38th of his career.
With the bases loaded in the third inning, Holmes came up with a huge strikeout against the Seminoles’ Justin Gonzalez to end the inning, marking the second time in the first three innings that Holmes struck out Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end an inning.
The Deacs added to their run total in the third inning as Blair lined a one-out single into left field before Williamson blasted a two-run homer over the right field wall to give the Deacs a 3-0 advantage.
The home run was Williamson’s third of this series against the Seminoles and eighth of the season, which is tied for the team lead along with Lopez.
Holmes did not allow the first hit of the game until the fourth inning when Jose Brizuela singled through the right side. Holmes then came up with another key strikeout to end the inning, as he retired John Holland with runners on first and second.
After being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fourth, Evan Stephens stole second base before Blair lined one down the right field line for an RBI.
The stolen base was Stephens’ fourth of the season, while Blair recorded his ninth multi-hit game of the season and second of the series.
In the fifth inning, James Ramsey put the Seminoles on the scoreboard with a solo home run over the right field wall.
The Deacs responded in the bottom of the fifth when Charlie Morgan and Rhine were aboard with one out. A passed ball allowed Morgan and Rhine to each move up a base, and two batters later Carey delivered with a two-RBI single up the middle.
In the bottom of the sixth, Pat Blair drew a one-out walk before stealing both second and third bases to put his season total to nine stolen bases. A throwing error down to third base by Seminoles catcher Stephen McGee allowed Blair to come home and score the Deacs’ seventh run of the game.
Florida State pickedup two runs in the top of the seventh and one more in both the eighth and ninth innings, but Dimock would preserve the win for the Deacs over the final 1 2/3 innings.