Wake Forest Bombards Appalachian State, 26-0
Feb. 11, 2003
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The seventh-ranked Wake Forest baseball team opened the 2003 season in spectacular fashion with a 26-0 victory over visiting Applachian State on Tuesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium. In the process, junior preseason All-American Kyle Sleeth set a new ACC record with his 21st consecutive win, dating back to March 2001.
Sleeth (1-0) was nearly perfect through six innings. He allowed just two hits, an infield hit and a pop-up single in short left field. Both came in the fourth inning. Sleeth finished with nine strikeouts and no walks in front of more than 60 major league scouts.
Sleeth hasn't lost a game in Wake Forest uniform in nearly two years, spanning 33 appearances, since March 2001.
Although he didn't need it, the Deacons provided run support in abundance for Sleeth. The 26 runs tied for the sixth-highest single game total in Wake Forest history. Wake Forest got the ball rolling with a run in the first inning but the flood gates really opened in the second.
The Deacons sent 15 batters to the plate in the second inning, plating 11 runs highlighted by Brad Scioletti's grand slam. After two innings, Wake Forest led 12-0.
Ryan Johnson homered to lead off the third. Wake Forest scored two runs in the third and fourth innings before another blitzkrieg. Ten Deacons came around to score in the fifth inning, all with two outs. That barrage included the game's second grand slam, this one by Doug Riepe. Riepe had a 3-for-5 day with three runs and four RBI.
Adam Bourassa set a new career-high with five hits in seven at-bats. He also scored
four times and drove in four runs. Scioletti drove in five runs and Johnson went 2-for-4
with three runs scored and four driven in. Freshman catcher Steven Malinowski made
an impressive debut with a 4-for-5 effort with four runs scored and a good day defensively
behind the plate.
Indy Wilkinson, Kirby Wedekind and Kyle Young each made their career debuts on the mound. Each threw one inning as the Deacon pitching staff combined for 11 strikeouts and no walks, allowing just four hits in eight innings of work.
Nick Peterson (0-1) took the loss for the Mountaineers who slip to 0-1 on the season. Brian Chapman had two hits for Appalachian State.
Wake Forest won its seventh straight home opener.
The Deacons hit the road to face 2002 NCAA Tournament participant Elon on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Wake Forest will return home for a weekend series against West Virginia beginning Friday.
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