Georgia Downs No. 21 Wake Forest, 16-7

February 21, 1999

ATHENS, GA - Georgia pounded out 19 hits and used a nine-run seventh inning to defeat 21st-ranked Wake Forest, 16-7, on Sunday afternoon at Foley Field in Athens, GA.

With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 5-1 on the season while the Demon Deacons dropped to 4-2.

Georgia's Kyle Goodson (2-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Barry Fowler, allowing one run in 2.1 innings of work. The Deacons' John Hendricks (1-1) took the loss after surrendering five runs in 3.1 innings of relief. Wake Forest starter Eric Schmitt had to leave the game in the third inning with a blister on his right hand after allowing five runs on six hits.

Georgia took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on back-to-back home runs by Mark Thornhill and Josh Dorminy. The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 5-0 in the third with RBI singles from Brian Rainwater and Dorminy and a sacrifice fly from Thornhill.

A solo home run by Wake Forest's Jon Palmieri cut the lead to 5-1, but the Bulldogs responded with two runs in their half of the fourth on RBI hits from Rainwater and Thornhill to make the score 7-1.

The Demon Deacons mounted a rally in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, scoring six straight runs to tie the score at 7-7. Stephen Sullivan and Chase Voshell both blasted solo home runs in the sixth. Palmieri opened the scoring in the seventh with another solo homer, his second of the day and fifth of the season. Corey Slavik tripled to plate Danny Borrell and then scored on a RBI groundout from Andrew Riepe. Wake Forest tied the score at 7-7 when Voshell doubled and scored on a RBI single by Scott Daeley. Georgia answered back in the bottom of the seventh inning with nine runs to take a 16-7 lead. The inning, which saw 12 Bulldog batters go to the plate, was capped off by a three-run homer by Doc Brooks. Georgia's Rainwater went 3-for-4 with three RBI on the afternoon while Thornhill and Brooks drove in three runs apiece. Wake Forest's Palmieri and Voshell each went 3-for-4 on the afternoon.

Wake Forest will return to action on Tuesday when the Demon Deacons host UNC Charlotte at 2:30 p.m. at Hooks Stadium.



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