No. 23 Wake Forest Downs East Tennessee State, 17-9

March 16, 1999

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - First baseman Jon Palmieri went 4-for-5 with four RBI and the Wake Forest offense pounded out 19 base hits as the 23rd-ranked Demon Deacons defeated East Tennessee State, 17-9, on Tuesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

With the victory, Wake Forest improves its record to 13-4 overall while ETSU drops to 5-8.

The Demon Deacons' Eric Schmitt (2-0) picked up the victory despite allowing six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. He tied his career high by registering 10 strikeouts. Matt Briggs was credited with his first save of the season after tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the game. ETSU's Reid Casey (0-1) took the loss after surrendering 10 runs in 2.1 innings of work.

The Buccaneers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning when they sent nine batters to the plate, but the Deacs answered back with four runs in their half of the first to tie the score at 4-4. Wake Forest added five runs in the third inning and seven more runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach.

The Deacons' Ben Danosky and Jason Aquilante each went 3-for-5 with three RBI as nine different Wake Forest players had at least one hit in the game. ETSU's Rusty Swakhamer went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for the Bucs.

Wake Forest and ETSU will conclude their two-game series on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Hooks Stadium.