Baseball Rallies Past Vandy, 3-2

March 6, 1999

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - With one out and the game knotted at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Chris Turner slapped a single just inside the third base line, scoring Danny Borrell from second to lift Wake Forest (8-4) to a 3-2 victory over Vanderbilt (9-5) at the Blue-Gray Classic on Saturday night. The Deacons led 2-1 heading into the top of the ninth, but Vandy was able to tie the game forcing Wake to bat in the bottom half of the inning. Borrell led off the Deacon ninth with a single that bounced well over the head of the first basemen. Chris Maultsby came on in relief of Vanderbilt starter Mike Byrd (2-1) following Borrell's single. Byrd pitched eight innings giving up five hits and striking out six. Maultsby hit the first batter he faced, Stephen Sullivan, putting runners at first and second with one down. Maultsby then ran a full count on Turner before, Turner came through with the game-winning hit.

Sullivan led off the fifth by reaching on an error by the Commodore first baseman and then proceeded to score on a double by Chase Voshell. Sullivan advanced to second on a ground out before scoring on Sullivan's double to tie the game at 1-1.

The Deacons' second run came via balk from Byrd. Scott Daeley doubled off the centerfield wall to lead off the eighth. Daeley moved to third on a ground out to second by Jon Palmieri before scoring on the balk. Vanderbilt used back-to-back singles and back-to-back walks to tie the score at 2-2 in the top of the ninth. Scott Siemon walked in the game tying run, after coming on to relieve starter Eric Schmitt with two on and one out. Despite that Siemon notched his second win of the season, going two-thirds of an inning with two walks and one strikeout. The game tying run was charged to Schmitt.

Schmitt pitched brilliantly, allowing Vanderbilt two runs on five hits, while striking out seven and walking none through eight and one-third.

Wake Forest will play its third and final game of the Blue-Gray Classic on Sunday at 11 a.m. The Deacons will take on West Virginia for the 11th time ever, with Wake holding a 8-2 edge in the all-time series.

                            R   H   E
Vanderbilt  010 000 001 -   2   5   2
Wake Forest 000 010 011 -   3   6   1

WP - Scott Siemon (2-0) LP- Mike Byrd (2-1) Time: 2:15 Attendance: 234



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