Baseball Drops Game to New York Tech

Feb. 26, 1998

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - New York Tech's Jim Goelz went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run and three RBI to lead the visiting Bears to a 11-6 victory over Wake Forest Friday afternoon at Hooks Stadium. New York Tech picked up the victory in their season opener while the loss dropped Wake Forest's record to 7-3 on the season.

Goelz set the tone for New York Tech early as he took the first pitch of the game deep over the left field wall for a leadoff home run. Ian Beller followed with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead.

Wake Forest answered in the third inning when Stephen Sullivan doubled and scored on a Jon Palmieri single. Corey Slavik doubled to right field to score Palmieri and tie the score at 2-2.

New York Tech responded with a four spot in the top of the fourth. Steve Robins drew a bases loaded walk and Steve Lembo drove in one run with a single before Goelz plated two runs with a single to center field. The Bears added an unearned run in the sixth inning.

Wake Forest's Danny Borrell hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-4, but the Bears responded in the next frame when David Clark hit a two-run homer of his own to push the lead back to five runs. Palmieri drove in a run in the seventh and Josh Otten doubled home a run in the eighth, but the Deacs could get no closer.

Rob Bigan (1-0) started and picked up the victory for New York Tech, tossing 6 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Jeremy Ward (2-2) took the loss for Wake Forest, allowing seven runs, six of which were earned, in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Wake Forest and New York Tech continue the series on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and then meet again on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. for the series finale.



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