No. 23 East Carolina Tops No. 19 Wake Forest, 11-8 in Baseball Action

March 30, 1999

GREENVILLE, NC - Eric Bakich went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI to lead 23rd-ranked East Carolina over 19th-ranked Wake Forest, 11-8, on Tuesday night at Harrington Field in Greenville, NC.

With the victory, East Carolina improved to 25-5 on the season while Wake Forest dropped to 19-7.

The Pirates' Kevyn Fulcher (2-0) picked up the victory after tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings to close out the game. Scott Simon (5-1) took the loss for Wake Forest, allowing three runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief work.

Neither starting pitcher lasted past the third inning of the game. Wake Forest's David Bush was lifted after allowing six runs on five six hits in 2 1/3 innings while ECU's Jason Mandryk was removed after surrendering three runs on three hits in 2-plus innings of work.

East Carolina took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when James Molinari led off with a triple and came around to score on a RBI single from Nick Schnabel. The Pirates stretched the lead to 4-0 in the second with three more runs. A triple from Jason Howard knocked in two runs and a groundout from Molinari plated Howard. Wake Forest cut into the lead with three runs in the top of the third

inning. Chris Turner led of with a single to left field and the Demon Deacons loaded the bases after Scott Daeley was hit by a pitch and Jason Aquilante walked. Turner came around to score on a wild pitch and a double >from Jon Palmieri plated Daeley and Aquilante.

East Carolina answered with two runs in the bottom of the third to push the lead to 6-3. Backich delivered an RBI single and Howard plated another run with a sacrifice fly.

Wake Forest tied the score at 6-6 with three runs in the sixth inning. Andrew Riepe led off the frame with a solo home run to center field, his fourth of the season. Corey Slavik singled and scored on a RBI groundout >from Daeley while John Kubachka reached on an error and came around to score on a RBI single from Aquilante.

East Carolina took a 8-6 lead with a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. After an error from Aquilante prolonged the inning, Eric Bakich blasted a two-run homer to left field. Wake Forest quickly answered in the top of the eighth inning when Ben Danosky delivered a two-run single to tie the score at 8-8.

The Pirates again answered right back when Steve Salargo hit a two-run homer to center field in the bottom of the eighth inning. East Carolina added one more run in the inning to give the Pirates the 11-8 victory.

Palmieri and Riepe each had two hits in the game for the Demon Deacons while all nine Pirate batters had at least one hit in the game. all nine Pirate batters had at least one hit in the game. all nine Pirate batters had at least one hit in the game.

Wake Forest will return to action when the Demon Deacons visit Winthrop on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Knight's Castle in Charlotte.

WFU   003 003 020 --  8  9  2
ECU   132 000 23x -- 11 15  2

Bush, Briggs (3), Siemon (7) and Riepe. Mandryk, Bucy (3), Reikowski (6), Fulcher (8) and Howard. 2B-Palmieri (WF), Godwin (ECU), Borrell (WF). 3B-Molinari (ECU), Howard (ECU). HR-Riepe (WF), Bakich (ECU), Salargo (ECU). W-Fulcher (2-0). L-Siemon (5-1). T-2:13. A-1,367.



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