No. 22 Wake Forest Falls to East Carolina, 3-2

February 25, 1999

Box Score

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - East Carolina scored three runs in the eighth and ninth innings to get by 22nd-ranked Wake Forest, 3-2, on Thursday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

With the victory, ECU improves to 5-2 on the season, while Wake Forest drops to 4-3.

The two teams took part in a pitcher's duel through the first eight innings with the Pirates' Brooks Jernigan and the Demon Deacons' Mike MacDougal matching each other pitch for pitch. Through the end of seven innings the score was ties at 0-0.

The Pirates finally broke through on the scoreboard in the top of the eight inning when Lee Delfino blasted a solo home run to left field. The Pirates made the score 2-0 when John Williamson doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Chad Tracy. East Carolina added a key insurance run in the ninth to push the lead to 3-0. Joe Hastings led off the frame with a walk and pinch runner Kevin O'Sullivan stole second base and later scored on a error by Wake Forest third baseman Corey Slavik.

The Demon Deacons mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth when John Palmieri delivered a lead off single and Andrew Riepe belted a two-run homer to make the score 3-2. However, ECU's Jeremy Schumacher came on to stop the rally and record the final two outs of the game to preserve the Pirate victory and earn his first save of the year. Jernigan (2-1) picked up the victory, allowing two runs on seven hits in 8 2/3 innings of work. He did not issue a walk and struck out eight batters.

MacDougal (2-1) was the tough luck loser despite only giving up two runs on six hits in 7 2/3 innings of work while registering eight strikeouts.

Wake Forest will return to action this weekend when the Demon Deacons host Virgina Tech for a two-game series on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. each day.