Baseball Stuns Duke
March 7, 1998

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Wake Forest tied the score in the top of the ninth inning and then used a seven-run tenth inning to take the lead and lift the Demon Deacons to an 11-4 victory over 11th ranked Duke on Saturday at Jack Coombs Field in Durham.

With the victory, Wake Forest improved to 13-3 overall and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke fell to 18-3 and 0-2 in league play. Junior John Hendricks (5-0) picked up the victory in relief of starter Jeremy Ward, tossing three scoreless innings and running his streak to 13 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings worked over his last four appearances. With the Deacs trailing 4-3 in the top of the ninth inning, freshman Corey Slavik delivered a pinch-hit single to center field to score Danny Borrell and knot the score at four runs apiece.

After Hendricks retired the Duke batters in order in the bottom of the ninth, Wake Forest used six hits and a walk to score seven runs in the frame, highlighted by a grand slam from senior Sunny Chiou. Duke opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first inning, but Wake Forest clawed back to tie the score 3-3 after five and a half innings. Duke scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth to give the Blue Devils a 4-3 lead which held up until the ninth inning. Borrell had an outstanding day at the plate, collecting four hits in four at bats with a walk and two runs scored. Fellow freshman Jason Aquilante went 3-for-5 with two runs score. Wake Forest freshman combined for 10 hits in 14 at bats on the afternoon.

Junior first baseman Jon Palmieri went 2-for-5 to extend his current hitting streak to 10 games.

Stephen Cowie started for Duke and got no decision after pitching a strong game. Cowie tossed 8 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on 10 hits with five strikeouts. Vaughn Schill (0-1) took the loss in relief for the Blue Devils. Wake Forest and Duke will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

 

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