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Gators fall to Demon Deacons in Game 2

491 days ago
Florida Athletics

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Wake Forest hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to force a deciding Game 3 in the Gainesville Super Regional.

The deciding game is scheduled to start at 4:14 p.m. and will air on ESPN2.

Florida (46-18) battled from behind three times to tie the game, but Wake Forest (43-19) used four home runs to overpower the Gators.

The Wake Forest offense struck early, batting around in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead.

Entering the day, the Demon Deacons offense had a nation-high 101 home runs - the most in the new bat era by any team - and they showed their power in the first inning.

Gavin Sheets and Ben Breazeale hit back-to-back home runs to right field to jump on top early.

Not to be outdone, Deacon Liput showed off his power with a two-run shot over the right field bullpen onto Stadium Road, cutting the deficit to two runs.

The offense kept chipping away and evened the game in the fifth inning. The Gators loaded the bases and Liput came through again with a RBI single to right field to cut the deficit to one.

Dalton Guthrie hit sac fly to right center and Christian Hicks scored the tying run from third.

Wake Forest displayed its power again in the bottom of the inning and retook the lead on a solo home run from Johnny Aiello that just cleared the right field wall.

After the home run, the Demon Deacons had back-to-back singles and the Gators called on Austin Langworthy to take the mound with two outs.

Before Langworthy could throw a pitch, the rains began to fall and the umpires halted play at 5:14 p.m.

After nearly 2.5 inches of rain, NCAA representatives decided to suspend play until Monday afternoon.

When play resumed at 1:04 p.m. on Monday, Langworthy took the mound again to face leadoff hitter Jonathan Pryor with a pair of runners on base.

Pryor lined a 2-2 pitch into center field, but Ryan Larson's throw home was on the mark and JJ Schwarz applied the tag after Wake Forest's Keegan Maronpot over slid the plate. The play was reviewed and upheld to keep the Deacons lead at one.

Florida evened the game in its first opportunity. Nelson Maldonado drew a leadoff walk and Jonathan India's single put runners on the corners with nobody out.

Langworthy's sac fly to left field tied the game at 5-5.

The Gators made another pitching change in the seventh, bringing in freshman Kirby McMullen. Aiello rudely greeted him with his second home run of the day to give Wake a 6-5 lead.

Head coach Kevin O'Sullivan went to the bullpen again and brought in another freshman, Tyler Dyson, who retired the next three batters in order.

In the top of the eighth, Schwarz took the first pitch he saw and hit it into the parking lot beyond the left field bleachers to tie the game again.

Neither team managed any offense until the 11th inning, when Wake Forest's Ben Breazeale hit a walk-off, two-run home run.