Wake Forest Baseball Tops Northwestern State, 4-2

Feb. 22, 1998

HOUSTON, TX - Wake Forest junior John Hendricks tossed a complete game to lead the Demon Deacons to a 4-2 victory over Northwestern (La.) State on Sunday afternoon in the Holiday Inn Medical Center Tournament in Houston, Texas. With the victory, Wake Forest improved to 6-1 on the season while Northwestern State fell to 8-2.

Hendricks (2-0), who tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings on Friday afternoon to pick up the win in a 6-4 victory over New Orleans, went the distance against Northwestern State and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five batters. Hendricks battled the Demon batters throughout the afternoon, inducing two double plays to end rallies and stranding six runners on base.

Jon Palmieri was the star at the plate for the Demon Deacons, finishing the afternoon with three hits in three at bats and reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. The junior first baseman doubled twice and singled once with two RBI on the day.

The Deacs got on the scoreboard in the top of the third inning when Jason Aquilante doubled and scored on a Palmieri double. Northwestern State answered in the bottom of the inning when Brad Fontenot scored on a RBI groundout by Ryan Anholt.

Wake Forest added two runs in the top of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. Josh Otten doubled and scored on an Aquilante single and Aquilante came around to score on a Palmieri double. Aquilante, making his first collegiate start, finished the afternoon 2-for-3 with two runs and a RBI. NSUs Brent Trosclair hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 3-2, but Wake Forest answered with a run in the top of the sixth to push the lead to 4-2. Freshman Chase Voshell, who started at third base, singled to center for his first career hit, stole second base and then scored on a RBI single by Otten.

From there, it was all Hendricks who did not allow a Northwestern State runner to reach second base after the sixth inning. Wake Forest returns to action on Tuesday when the Deacs travel to Elon and then return to Winston-Salem and Hooks Stadium for a game against Appalachain State on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.