WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Jake Mueller drove in three runs, Connor Johnstone remained undefeated and Wake Forest routed Maryland-Baltimore County 11-3 on Friday night in an NCAA Tournament opener.
Jonathan Pryor and Stuart Fairchild had two RBIs apiece to help the top-seeded Demon Deacons (40-18) win their first home game in the tournament since 2002. They will face second-seeded West Virginia (35-24) on Saturday night with the winner advancing to the championship round.
Johnstone (8-0) struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings for Wake Forest, which took command with a six-run second highlighted by Mueller's three-run double off Michael Austin (4-3).
Andrew Casali homered for the fourth-seeded Retrievers (23-24). The America East champions will face Maryland (37-22) on Saturday in an elimination game.
Austin allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings for UMBC.
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