Baseball Defeats Virginia Commonwealth, 6-3
March 4, 1998

WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Junior John Hendricks retired all 14 batters he faced in a relief role and helped Wake Forest defeat Virginia Commonwealth 6-3 in college baseball action at Hooks Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

With the win Wake Forest improves to 11-3, while Virginia Commonwealth falls to 9-5.

Hendricks entered the game in relief of Wake starter Danny Borrell in the top of the fifth inning with runners on second and third and one out. The southpaw struck out shortstop Brandon Inge and right fielder Jason Dubois to end the inning.

Hendricks earned his fourth straight win without a defeat by pitching 4.2 innings of perfect baseball which included seven strikeouts. The freshman Borrell went 4.1 innings giving up three runs, three hits, three walks, and striking out four.

Virginia Commonwealth got on the scoreboard in the first inning when Inge walked and scored on a long single by Dubois.

Wake Forest countered with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Center fielder Scott Daeley led off the inning with a double down the right field line and scored on a wild pitch by the game's losing pitcher Bryan Farkas (0-1). Second baseman Jason Aquilante was hit by pitch and scored on Ben Danosky's fifth home run of the season. Senior Will Rikard made it back-to-back home runs with a ball aided by a brisk wind that sailed over the right field fence.

Both teams picked up runs in the third thanks to a couple of solo home runs. Inge connected on his seventh long ball of the season for the Rams while Jon Palmieri hit his third of the season for Wake Forest.

VCU picked up a run in the fifth before Hendricks entered the game and Wake received a two-out solo blast to rightcenter by catcher Andrew Riepe in the eighth to round out the scoring in the game. Wake Forest travels to 14th ranked Duke to begin the Deacs' first ACC series of the season. The two teams have games scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m., while first pitch on Saturday and Sunday is 1 p.m. The Deacons return home to open a 12-game homestand on Tuesday, March 10 at 1 p.m. against Richmond.