Men's Baseball Beats East Carolina, 11-5
March 11, 1998

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Sparked by a five-run second inning, No. 20 Wake Forest bounced back from a shutout loss with an 11-5 win over East Carolina in college baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

Wake Forest improves to 14-4 while East Carolina drops to 9-8. Wake Forest starter Eric Shmitt (2-1) earned the win pitching six innings allowing three hits, two runs, one earned, three walks, and recording five strikeouts. Bill Outlaw (2-2) gave up six runs in three innings and took the loss for the Pirates.

East Carolina jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Wake Forest countered with five runs in the second inning highlighted by a two-run homer off the bat of sophomore center fielder Stephen Sullivan. Sullivan finished the day 2-5 with a double, two runs scored, and four RBI.

The Deacons added another run in the third inning when junior first baseman Jon Palmieri led off with the first triple of the year by Wake Forest. Palmieri scored on a single by left fielder Will Rikard, one of three Rikard singles on the day.

Wake Forest picked up two more runs in the sixth inning when catcher Andrew Riepe and shortstop Josh Otten were hit by reliever Eric Angel's pitches and scored on a one-out double by second baseman Jason Aquilante. Otten scored three runs in the game and reached on all four of his plate appearances.

East Carolina threatened to mount a comeback in the seventh inning. The Pirates scored one run, but with runners on first and second with two outs, John Williamson was picked off first base by Riepe to end the inning.

Wake reliever John Hendricks allowed a combination of two hits and two walks that produced two ECU runs in the ninth, but the game ended when the Pirates' Brad Simons struck out looking with runners on first and second.

Wake Forest will host Florida State in a three-game ACC series beginning Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Hooks Stadium.