Baseball Defeats Appalachian State 5-4

Feb. 25, 1998

WINSTOM-SALEM, NC--Freshman Cory Slavik plated junior Scott Daeley with a bases loaded pinch hit sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to give Wake Forest a 5-4 win over Appalachian State in college baseball action at Hooks Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

With the win Wake Forest improves to 7-2, while the Mountaineers took their first loss of the 1998 season and are 2-1.

Daeley led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk from Mountaineer relief pitcher Will Lathan and advanced to second when freshman Danny Borrell also drew a walk. With one out, Ben Danosky was hit by pitch to load the bases. Scott Nelson entered the game for Lathan and gave up the sacrifice fly to left field to Slavik for the game winning run. Lathan took the loss in the game and is 0-1.

Wake Forest starter Mike MacDougal entered the ninth inning with a 4-3 lead. The sophomore gave up a lead off single to Matt Dalton. Nick Baughn entered the game as a pinch runner for Dalton, while Jeremy Ward came on in relief of Wake's MacDougal.

Lathan moved Baughn to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Baughn scored on a single to left field by pinch hitter Stephen Crater to tie the score, 4-4. Ward would retire the final two batters in the inning and earn the win. With the win, Ward is 2-1 on the season.

Wake Forest started the scoring in the third inning when freshman Jason Aquilante and junior Jon Palmieri both scored. Aquilante scored from third on a single by Danosky, while Palmieri came home on the same play via a throwing error by rightfielder John Hill. Palmieri reached base with one of his two doubles on the day.

Appalachian State scored one run each in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings, while the Deacons posted a run in the fifth and sixth inning in addition to the ninth inning game winning run.

Wake Forest returns to action in the first game of a three game series with New York Tech on Friday at Hooks Stadium beginning at 2:30 p.m.