Wake Forest and No. 21 Georgia Tech Split Doubleheader
March 23, 1998
WINSTON-SALEM, NC -- Sophomore Mike MacDougal pitched a complete game shutout in the second game of a doubleheader between Wake Forest and No. 21 Georgia Tech to help the Deacons win 7-0 and earn a split in ACC baseball action on Monday at Hooks Stadium. Tech won the first game by a score of 9-5.
Wake Forest is now 17-9 and 3-5 in the ACC while the Yellow Jackets are 16-8 and 5-3 in the ACC.
MacDougal (4-1) struck out 10 Tech batters to tie a career high and only allowed two walks in the outing. All six of the hits he gave up were singles and the only time Georgia Tech got a runner past second base was in the first inning.
MacDougal received some defensive help from center fielder Scott Daeley, who with two outs and a runner on first robbed Heath Honeycutt of a home run in the top of the fourth inning.
The Deacons plated four runs in the first inning to begin MacDougal's run support. Left fielder Ricky Mendez drew a one out walk and scored when first baseman Jon Palmieri followed with a double down the left field line. The next batter, designated hitter Will Rikard, delivered a triple off the center field wall to score Palmieri. It was the Deacs' third triple of the day as Wake had two in the first game. Wake Forest entered today with two triples in 24 games this season.
After Rikard's triple, right fielder Ben Danosky hit his seventh home run of the year to right center field off of Jackets' starter Cory Vance (2-2), the game's losing pitcher.
Catcher Andrew Riepe added a solo home run in the sixth and Wake Forest added two more runs in the seventh to make the final 7-0.
In the first game, Georgia Tech's L.J. Yankosky (5-0) picked up a 9-5 complete game win. Yankosky struck out seven and walked one to give the Jackets their second win in the three game series.
Wake Forest starter John Hendricks (5-2) took the loss after starting the game effectively in the first two innings. During that time he retired all six batters he faced, four via strikeout. However, Georgia Tech scored three runs in the third inning and four runs in the fourth inning highlighted by a two run homer to right center field by third baseman Ryan Brooks.
The hitting star in the first game for Tech was right fielder Derik Goffena who finished the contest 3-5 with three runs scored. Among the three hits were a double and a triple. Freshman Scott Siemon led the Deacs with a 3-4 performance with two runs and one RBI. Siemon produced two doubles to go along with his first career triple as a Deacon.
Wake Forest will face UNC Charlotte beginning at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Hooks Stadium.
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