No. 24 Wake Forest Tops E. Tennessee State, 11-7

March 24, 1999

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn - Danny Borrell went 4-for-4 with two RBI and Wake Forest rallied from a 7-3 deficit as the 24th-ranked Demon Deacons defeated East Tennessee State, 11-7, on Wednesday night at Howard Johnson Field in Johnson City, Tenn.

With the victory, Wake Forest improved to 16-6 on the season while ETSU dropped to 7-11.

Wake Forest's Scott Siemon (4-0) picked up the victory in relief after tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the game. Siemon allowed just two base hits and struck out our batters. Heath Doyle (0-2) took the loss in relief for the Bucs.

The Demon Deacons took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Jon Palmieri hit a two-run homer to right field, his ninth of the season. The Buccaneers quickly tied the score at 2-2 when Rusty Swakhamer blasted a two-run homer to center field.

ETSU took a 4-2 lead with two runs in the second inning when Nathan Copeland and Rodney McLain each delivered RBI singles. After the Demon Deacons made the score 4-3 with a RBI double from Corey Slavik in the fourth, the Bucs scored three runs in the bottom of that inning to make the score 7-3. Copeland scored the first run of the frame on a passed ball and Swakhamer plated the next two runs with a home run to right field, his second of the game.

Wake Forest battled back with two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to two runs. Ben Danosky singled and came around to score on a fielder's choice while Danny Borrell singled and later scored on a wild pitch. The Deacs tied the score in the top of the seventh with two more runs. Jon Palmieri led off the inning with a triple and later scored on a RBI double from Borrell. A RBI single from John Kubachka plated Borrell and knotted the score at seven runs apiece.

The Deacons finally retook the lead with two more runs in the eighth inning. Chris Turner led off the inning with a single and came around to score on a RBI double from Scott Daeley. A RBI single from Borrell scored Daeley to give Wake Forest a 9-7 lead. Wake Forest added two more insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning to push the lead to 11-7. Wake Forest will return to action when the Demon Deacons host Clemson in a three-game ACC series beginning Friday at 3 p.m. at Hooks Stadium.


WFU   200 102 222  -  11  16  1
ETSU  220 300 000  -   7  10  1
Briggs, Siemon (4) and Riepe, Mersey (5), Bush (5). McBride, Doyle (7), Baber (8) and Sparks. HR-Palmieri (WF), Swakhamer (ETSU) 2. W-Siemon (4-0). L-Doyle (0-2). T-2:13. A-254.