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WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest’s baseball team launched two home runs and scored seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to get the 11-1 win and season sweep against their conference rival Wakefield at home Tuesday.

The Cougars’ Thomas Reed hit a solo home run in the second inning and Kyle Wilson had a two-run home run in the third. With no outs and bases loaded in the fifth inning, Wake Forest scored four unanswered runs to make it 8-1.

Later on, Wilson hit a double to bring home teammates Zach Joyner and Kahlil Watson to make it 10-1. If Wake Forest scored another run, the game would end on mercy rule.

With bases loaded and two outs, Josh Wilson hit a double that brought home Kyle Wilson and the Cougars ended the night early with an 11-1 victory.

“I told the guys to go out there with some focus,” Wake Forest head coach Mike Joyner said. “We got some hits and things worked out our way. To finish the game in the fifth inning is good for us to get some rest before we play Heritage.”

Kyle Wilson was the player of the game offensively for Wake Forest. The senior recorded two hits, two runs, four RBIs and a home run. Watson also had a big game with two hits, two runs and an RBI.

Nick Moran got the win on the mound for the Cougars. The sophomore played a complete game with seven strikeouts and only allowed one run in five innings.

“Our guys are going to make plays behind Nick Moran,” Joyner said. “Nick threw some good strikeouts tonight. We were real loose tonight. We’re really young, but we showed our potential in the Bobby Murray tournament and that has helped boost our confidence lately.”

With the loss, Wakefield dropped to 5-12 and 1-7 in NAC 6 conference play. The Wolverines lost to the Cougars 6-4 on April 11.

With the win, Wake Forest punched its ticket to the 4A state playoffs with an overall record of 12-8 and a conference record of 5-3. The Cougars will play their final two games of the regular season against Heritage.

If Wake Forest sweeps Heritage, the Cougars will finish the season second in the NAC 6 conference. Wake Forest swept Heritage last year.

“I told the guys to be themselves against Heritage,” Joyner said. “Heritage is a good team and they have a lot of good players. Hopefully, we can have the same success we had last year.”