Baseball Downs East Tennessee State, 9-7

March 17, 1999

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - First baseman Jon Palmieri went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead 23rd-ranked Wake Forest over East Tennessee State, 9-7, on Wednesday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

With the victory -- the seventh in a row for the Demon Deacons -- Wake Forest improves its season record to 14-4 while ETSU drops to 5-9.

Wake Forest starter Scott Siemon (3-0), one of three Demon Deacon pitchers on the afternoon, earned the win after allowing one earned run in four innings of work. ETSU starter Heath Doyle (0-1) took the loss after surrendering eight runs in six innings.

Trailing 1-0, Wake Forest scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning when the Deacs sent nine batters to the plate. Palmieri capped off the scoring with a two-run homer, his eighth of the season.

The Demon Deacons stretched the lead to 8-3 after six innings of play before the Buccaneers mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh inning. East Tennessee State score three runs in that frame, courtesy of three bases-loaded walks by Wake Forest pitcher John Hendricks, to make the score 8-6.

Wake Forest answered in the bottom of the seventh when Palmieri singled and later scored on a RBI single from Danny Borrell.

ETSU mounted one final comeback in the top of the ninth inning when Ed Sparks led off the frame with a solo home run to cut the lead to two runs. The Bucs' Chuck Dewald singled to get the tying run to the plate, but Hendricks retired the final three batters of the game to preserve the 9-7 victory.

Wake Forest will return to action when the Demon Deacons travel to North Carolina for a three-game ACC series beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. ETSU will travel to North Carolina A&T for a game on Thursday at 3 p.m.



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