Wake Forest's Nick Bisplinghoff delivers walk-off hit vs. Notre Dame
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest clinched a series victory against Notre Dame by defeating the Fighting Irish in 11 innings, 5-4, at Wake Forest Baseball Park on Sunday afternoon.
Nick Bisplinghoff drilled a walkoff double in the bottom of the 11th, hitting a hard line drive into left-center that tipped off the edge of the center fielder's glove, bringing home Stuart Fairchild for the game-winner.
Wake Forest (25-20, 11-13 ACC) rattled off 17 hits, compared to just seven for Notre Dame (28-15, 12-12 ACC).
The Demon Deacon bullpen was stellar all game, as John McCarren, Parker Dunshee and Donnie Sellers combined to allow one earned run in the final eight innings.
Wake Forest took three leads in the game, but the Irish battled back each time before the 11th-inning walkoff.
In the first inning, Jonathan Pryor led off with a single and came around to score on a Nate Mondou RBI double as the Deacons took a 1-0 lead, but a safety squeeze for Notre Dame tied it in the top of the second.
Fairchild singled and eventually scored on a Pryor RBI single to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Deacons in the bottom of the second, before the Irish tied it again with an RBI single in the third.
Gavin Sheets drilled a two-run single to bring home Justin Yurchak and Will Craig in the bottom of the third, putting the Deacons up 4-2.
Notre Dame scored an unearned run in the fifth and plated another run on a Zak Kutsulis RBI double in the sixth, knotting the game at 4-4.
Dunshee (4.2 IP, 2 hits, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts) and Sellers (1.0 IP, 0 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout) combined to retire the final 11 Notre Dame batters. Sellers picked up the win to improve to 4-1.
The Fighting Irish bullpen posted a similar stat line, as Brad Bass, Scott Kerigan and Scott Tully (3-3) combined to strike out nine and allow one run in eight innings, but that one run ended the game.
Six Demon Deacons posted multi-hit games, including three-hit contests from Pryor and Mondou and two-hit games from Craig, Yurchak, Fairchild and Sheets.