Baseball Edges Virginia, 5-4

Demon Deacons sweep three-game series.

April 11, 1999

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Corey Slavik's bases-loaded RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Wake Forest over Virginia, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon at Ernie Shore Field.

With the victory and three-game series sweep, Wake Forest improved its record to 24-10 overall and 9-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The win was the Demon Deacons' 15th consecutive home victory. Virginia dropped to 15-23 overall and 5-9 in league action.

Wake Forest's Scott Siemon (7-1) picked up the win in relief after blowing a save opportunity in the ninth inning. Starter Eric Schmitt got no decision after pitching a brilliant game, allowing three unearned runs on seven hits in eight innings of work. He issued two walks and fanned 10 batters. It was his fourth career double-figure strikeout performance and second in a row after fanning a career-best 11 batters last weekend at Florida State.

Virginia's Tim LaVigne (1-1) took the loss in relief after surrendering one run in 1 1/3 innings.

Virginia took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning courtesy of three Wake Forest errors. LaVigne and Jon Metzger each had RBI in the inning for the Cavaliers.

Wake Forest cut the lead to 3-2 in the third inning. Ricky Mendez led off the frame with a triple and came around to score on a groundout from Scott Daeley. Andrew Riepe drove in the second run of the inning with a bases loaded walk.

Stephen Sullivan gave the Demon Deacons a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer to right field, his third of the season.

Virginia battled to tie the score at 4-4 in the top of the ninth inning. LaVigne, who went 3-for-4 in the game, and Eric McGrane led off the frame with back-to-back singles and Robbie Marvin advanced the runners to second an third with a sacrifice bunt. David Stone brought home the tying run with a sacrifice fly to center field.

The Demon Deacons answered in the bottom of the ninth inning when they loaded the bases with one out with a single from Danny Borrell and walks >from Andrew Riepe and Matt Price before Slavik delivered his game-winning hit. Slavik finished the afternoon with three hits in five at bats.

Wake Forest will return to action when the Demon Deacons visit Appalachian State on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Virginia will visit Virginia Tech on Wednesday at 3 p.m.


UVA   300 000 001 --  4  9  2
WFU   002 002 001 --  5  9  3
Metzger, Shrout (5), LaVigne (9) and Rueffert. Schmitt, Siemon (9) and Riepe. 2B-Benick (V). 3B-Mendez (WFU). HR-Sullivan (WF). W-Siemon (7-1). L-LaVigne (1-1). T-2:50. A-715.

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