Baseball Falls to No. 21 Georgia 5-1

March 22, 1998

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Georgia Tech starter Chuck Crowder (6-1) pitched a complete game and led the No. 21 Yellow Jackets to a 5-1 win over Wake Forest in ACC baseball action Sunday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.

With the win Georgia Tech improves to 15-7 and 4-2 in the ACC. Wake Forest falls to 16-8 and 2-4 in the ACC.

Jeremy Ward (3-4) took the loss for Wake Forest after pitching eight solid innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Ward struck out three and walked four.

Crowder gave up a lead off single to Wake's Jason Aquilante in the top of the first inning, but retired the next 10 batters he faced before Jon Palmieri singled in the fourth inning. The totals in the game for the left hander included one run, five hits, three walks and five strikeouts.

Tech broke open a scoreless game in the fifth inning when first baseman Stephen Donaghey lead off with a walk. Designated hitter Bryan Prince followed with a double down the right field line to plate Donaghey. Prince actually ran into Wake Forest first baseman Jon Palmieri as he rounded first but was given second base on an interference call. Right fielder Brad Stockton delivered a bunt single to give the Jackets runners on first and third with no outs. Catcher Eric McQueen flew out to center field to score Prince on a sacrifice fly and make the score 2-0.

Wake answered in the bottom half of the inning when third baseman Scott Siemon drew a walk to start the inning. Catcher Andrew Riepe moved him to second on a sacrifice bunt. Aquilante picked up his second hit of the day, a two out single to center field, to score Siemon and make the score 2-1.

Georgia Tech threatened to score more runs in the top of the sixth but with the bases loaded and one out, Stockton grounded into a double play.

The Deacons had runners on second and third with two outs in the top of the eighth but designated hitter Danny Borrell was called out on strikes to end the inning.

Tech added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning off Wake Forest reliever John Hendricks who entered at the beginning of the inning. Hendricks was ineffective in his one inning of work giving up three runs, two hits, and two walks. Georgia Tech's three runs in the inning gave the Jackets a 5-1 win as Wake Forest could not start a rally in their final at bat.

The two teams will meet in a double header on Monday at Hooks Stadium beginning at 11 a.m. The doubleheader is a result of Saturday's postponed game that was washed out by rain.