March 31, 2002
WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Stephen Ghutzman’s two-run, pinch hit home run in
the bottom of the ninth inning gave 8th-ranked Wake Forest a thrilling
7-5 victory over visiting Florida State on a rainy, windy Sunday
afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
With the win, Wake Forest captured the weekend series and improved to
22-5 overall, 6-2 in the ACC. Florida State slid to 28-10, 3-6 in the
Trailing virtually the entire game, the Deacons found themselves down
5-3 after seven innings with a light, but steady rain falling. Wake
Forest rallied to tie the game in the eighth inning. Adam Bourassa, who
celebrated his 21st birthday on Sunday, lined a two-run, two-out double
scoring Ingold from third and Ryan Hubbard, who came all the way around
Dave Bush, who came on with two outs in the eighth inning, pitched a
1-2-3 ninth inning with a strikeout. He earned credit for his third win
of the season, improving his season record to 3-1 while making his 20th
appearance of the season. He needs 20 more to become the NCAA’s
all-time leader in that category.
With one out in the ninth, Jamie D’Antona reached on a flare into right
center field. The teams’ head coaches played a chess match as Ryan
Braun was sent up to pinch hit for Steve LeFaivre. After Daniel Hodges
pitched a ball to Braun, the Seminoles brought Eric Roman out of the
The Deacons countered with Stephen Ghutzman off the bench,
pinch-hitting for Braun. Ghutzman clocked the first pitch he saw from
Roman over the wall in right-center field, giving the Deacons the win.
It was Ghutzman’s first home run of the season and the only time all day
that Wake Forest held a lead.
Brian Bach started and went 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs.
Seth Hill pitched 2.1 innings of scoreless relief before handing it over
to Bush in the eighth.
Daniel Hodges (2-1) suffered the loss as the Seminoles dropped
back-to-back ACC series for the first time since 1995.
The Demon Deacons are now 12-1 in games decided by two runs or less.
Wake Forest will head to the Gate City on Tuesday to play UNC Greensboro
at 6:00 p.m.