Wake Forest wrapped up nonconference play Tuesday with a fog-shortened, 3-1 victory over Marshall in seven innings at Epling Stadium.
The Deacons (32-20) and Thundering Herd (30-18) started play in the bottom of the seventh inning. Will Craig caught a foulout to start the inning, but umpires deemed it unsafe to continue play. After a delay, the game was called, and because the lead did not change hands in the seventh, all statistics stand.
With the win, Wake Forest snaps Marshall’s nine-game winning streak, which had been the longest in the nation. The Deacs finished with an 11-0 record in Tuesday games this regular season.
Wake Forest plated all three of its runs in the third. After Craig got his second of four intentional walks, this one to load the bases, Gavin Sheets drilled a double off the wall to bring home a pair. That extended the Sheets hitting streak to 22 games, tying him for the third-longest in program history. Jake Austin hit in 26 straight in 1992 for the record.
Ben Breazeale added an RBI single in the same inning as the Deacs turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead.
John McCarren (7-2) tossed a career-high 5 1/3 innings and matched his career-high with five strikeouts, allowing just five hits and a walk. The only run he conceded was on a homer by Tyler Ratliff to lead off the second inning.
Chris Farish entered with a runner on in the sixth, and quickly forced a caught stealing and flyout to avoid any damage.
Garrett Kelly earned his first save since 2014 by retiring the only batter he faced in the seventh inning.
Wake Forest will closes out the regular season by hosting No. 7 Louisville from Thursday-Saturday.
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