No. 22 Wake Forest Downs Virginia Tech, 10-9

February 28, 1999

Box Score

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest rallied to score five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to post a 10-9 victory over visiting Virginia Tech on Sunday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

With the victory, Wake Forest improves its record to 6-3 on the season, while Virginia Tech drops to 1-3. Trailing by a score of 9-5 after 8 1/2 innings, the Demon Deacons' Jason Aquilante and Ricky Mendez led off the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back singles. A single from Scott Daeley plated Aquilante and another single from Ben Danosky drove in Mendez. After a Jon Palmieri single loaded the bases, Andrew Riepe hit into a fielder's choice to score Daeley, but a Virginia Tech error by second baseman Randy Martin allowed Danosky to score the tying run on the play. After the next two batters made outs, Corey Slavik delivered a game-winning RBI single to score Palmieri and give the Deacons the victory.

Virginia Tech jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings, with the Hokies' Martin and John West hitting solo home runs. After another solo from Larry Bowles made the score 5-1 in the top of the fifth inning, but the Deacs battled back to make the score 5-4 with three runs in the bottom of that inning. Danosky, who finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI, capped off the scoring with a two-run homer.

The Hokies added two more runs in the sixth and ninth innings before the Demon Deacons mounted their ninth inning comeback. Scott Siemon (1-0) picked up the win in relief for the Demon Deacons, while the Hokies' Anthony Miller (0-1) took the loss after giving up one unearned run in the ninth inning. Neither starting pitcher figured in the decision, as Wake Forest's Eric Schmitt allowed four runs in 1.2 innings and Virginia Tech's Pat Pinkman surrendered nine runs in eight-plus innings of work.

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



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