Baseball Holds Off Late Rally for 5-4 Win Over Wake Forest

Feb. 19, 2005

Box Score

MOBILE, Ala. - Senior RHP Hunter Davis (Wakulla, Fla.) threw 1.1 innings of shutout relief to hold off a late Wake Forest rally and preserve a strong performance by senior RHP Brett Nagy (Jacksonville/Bolles/FCCJ) as JU baseball defeated the Deamon Deacons, 5-4, Saturday evening at the 20th Annual Coca-Cola Classic at Stanky Field. JU (6-1) got back in the win column by scoring five runs in the first four innings, while Wake Forest (1-5) left 14 runners on base.

Nagy (1-0) earned the win after allowing no runs while scattering four hits and striking out four batters in 5.1 innings of work. Davis earned his second save of the year after striking out four batters, including three in the ninth. Offensively, sophomore Justin Young (Oviedo, Fla.) went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI while sophomore Preston Pehrson (Annapolis, Md.) drove in three runs, including a two-run homer to right field. Freshman Matt Lopez (Oviedo, Fla.) also finished with multiple hits for the Dolphins.

Josh Ellis (1-1) was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits while walking three and striking out two in 4.0 innings. Brett Linnekohl was the only Deamon Deacon to finish with multiple hits.

JU jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after scoring a run in the first, second and third inning before Pehrson hit his first collegiate homer in the fourth.

The Jaguars cut the lead to 5-2 in the seventh after Linnenkohl scored on a throwing error at third base by freshman RHP Matt Davis (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) and Matt Antonelli plated from third after a fielding error by Daniel Murphy (Jacksonville/Englewood). USA made it 5-4 in the eighth after a two-run single to left by Linnenkohl but Hunter Davis ended the inning by striking out Ben Ingold.

JU will next face host South Alabama on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. EST. Earlier in the day, No. 12 Texas A&M rallied to defeat South Alabama, 4-3. In the first day of action, JU fell to No. 12 Texas A&M (10-2) and South Alabama defeated Wake Forest (4-2).