Jon Palmieri had a
solo homerun in the
seventh to get the
Deacons to within two.

Baseball Falls to Georgia Tech, 8-6

Riepe and Slavik go yard for the Deacons.

April 18, 1999

ATLANTA - Adam Blue belted a three-run homer to ignite a five-run sixth inning Sunday for Georgia Tech, lifting the 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets past Wake Forest, 8-6, in ACC baseball at Russ Chandler Stadium.

Tech (28-12, 9-6 ACC) stopped a three-game losing streak, avoided a weekend sweep and remained in third place in the ACC standings behind the Demon Deacons (28-11, 11-6).

Wake had taken a 5-3 lead in the top half of the sixth when Andrew Riepe hit a solo home run and Corey Slavik added a two-run blast against Tech starter Cory Vance. Jason Basil led off the Tech half of the inning with a double and Jahmal Overton reached on an error by pitcher John Hendricks to set the stage for Blue, who was making his second start of the season for the Jackets as the designated hitter. Blue worked the count to 3-2 and sent Hendricks' next pitch just over the right field wall to put Tech ahead 6-5.

The Jackets added two more runs in the inning after Kevin Rollins singled and Richard Lewis walked, both scoring on Mark Teixeira's double for an 8-5 Tech lead. Teixeira drove in four runs for Tech, including a two-run homer, his ninth of the season, to get the Jackets on the board in the first inning.

Cory Vance (6-2) earned the win with six solid innings, giving up five runs on seven hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Freshman Steve Kelly earned his second save, scattering three hits, including a solo homer by Jon Palmieri in the seventh, in three innings.

Hendricks (6-5) gave up all eight Tech runs, only five of which were earned, on seven hits in 5-1/3 innings and was charged with the loss.


Wake Forest (28-11, 11-6)    001 103 100 -- 6 10 3
Georgia Tech (28-12, 9-6)    200 015 00x -- 8 10 0
John Hendricks, Danny Borrell (6) and Andrew Riepe.
Cory Vance, Steve Kelly (7) and Jason Basil.

WP -- Vance (6-2).
LP -- Hendricks (6-5).
SV -- Kelly (2).

HR -- Wake Forest: Jon Palmieri (13), Andrew Riepe (7), Corey Slavik (5); Georgia Tech: Mark Teixeira (9), Adam Blue (2).

T --2:34.
A --1,953.