Baseball Blasts New York Tech, 24-2

Palmieri drives in 5 runs

Feb. 28, 1998

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wake Forest scored 12 runs in the first five innings and junior Jon Palmieri drove in five runs to lead the Demon Deacons to a 24-2 victory over visiting New York Tech on Saturday afternoon at Hooks Stadium. Wake Forest improved their season record to 8-3 while the Bears fell to 1-1.

Junior John Hendricks (3-0) started and picked up the victory for the Deacs, tossing eight strong innings in the outing. Hendricks allowed two runs, only one of which was earned, on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight batters. Freshman Tim Schilling pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his collegiate debut.

Shane McKeon (0-1) started and took the loss for New York Tech, allowing eight runs in three innings of work.

The Demon Deacons scored in seven of eight innings in the game, and 11 different players -including all nine starters - collected at least one hit. Palmieri finished the afternoon with three hits in five at bats, including a double, a home run and five RBI. Will Rikard and Scott Siemon both finished 2-for-3 with a home run while Scott Daeley scored four runs on the day. Overall, Wake Forest batters accounted for 16 hits while also walking eight times.

Wake Forest scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second and three in the third for a 6-1 lead after three innings. The Deacs added six runs over the next two innings before putting nine runs on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning, highlighted by a three-run homer by Ricky Mendez. Wake Forest and New York Tech conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.