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Grand slam hands Wake Forest defeat

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WAKE FOREST — A fourth inning grand slam by Millbrook spelled the end for Wake Forest’s baseball team as it experienced its first loss of the season in a 4-1 result at home Tuesday.

The grand slam home run was the only scoring play by the Wildcats. It was a scoreless three innings from there and Wake Forest couldn’t bring a runner home.

“We just didn’t capitalize on opportunities,” Wake Forest head coach Mike Joyner said. “Giving up the grand slam was the difference of the game. Millbrook didn’t really threaten to score after that. We were cruising right along and then gave up a home run. It is what it is.”

Wake Forest scored one run early off an RBI single from Luke Stevenson. Hogan Stallings ran home for the score.

Wake Forest pitcher Nick Moran held off Millbrook for as long as he could as the starter. Then in the top of the fourth inning, the junior gave up a home run that put the Wildcats ahead 4-1.

Isaac Williams came in to relive Moran and pitched a shutout for the rest of the game with five strikeouts in three and a half innings. However, the Cougars could not get anything going offensively with just five total hits in the game.

“In games like this, everything becomes magnified,” Joyner said. “When you make mistakes in a blowout game, no one remembers the one bad pitch you made. It’s early in the season and we’ve got a pretty young team with a lot of juniors and sophomores out there.”

With their first loss of the season, Wake Forest dropped to 3-1 overall. Millbrook won its first game of the season to go up 1-2 overall.

“I told the guys after the game that they need to capitalize on opportunities,” Joyner said. “We hit the ball right at people today. That’s just baseball. We were really good in situations last week in our last three wins. It just didn’t happen today. Millbrook plays good defense and that’s what they did today.”

Wake Forest’s next home game will be against Cleveland on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m.