No. 16 Wake Forest falls to VCU, 6-5
April 22, 1999
RICHMOND, Va. - Ian Caballero scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Virginia Commonwealth past 16th-ranked Wake Forest, 6-5, in college baseball action on Wednesday evening at The Diamond in Richmond, Va.
With the victory, VCU improves its record to 32-9 on the season while Wake Forest falls to 29-12.
Caballero led off the bottom of the ninth with a single and then took second on a sacrifice bunt. Jake Anthony was hit by a pitch and Jason Bubois walked to lead the bases with one out before Caballero came around to score on the wild pitch to give the Rams the 6-5 victory.
The Demon Deacons had mounted a rally in the ninth inning when Matt Price and Chase Voshell led off the inning with back to back singles. Wake Forest loaded the bases with no outs when Scott Daeley reached on a fielder's choice. Ricky Mendez plated Price with a RBI groundout while Jon Palmieri tied the score at 5-5 with a sacrifice fly that scored Voshell. VCU's Davey Martin (4-0) picked up the victory despite blowing a save opportunity in the top of the ninth inning. Danny Borrell (0-1) took the loss after allowing two runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief work.
The Rams took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of two walks and one Wake Forest error. VCU stretched the lead to 3-0 in the third inning when Justin Martin singled and came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Kevin Elrod.
Wake Forest cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the fourth inning with a RBI single from Corey Slavik that plated Danny Borrell. VCU answered in the bottom of that inning with a RBI single from John Joseph to push the lead back to three runs at 4-1.
The Demon Deacons made the score 4-2 in the sixth with a solo home run from Borrell, his 10th of the season. The Rams answered with a single run in the bottom of the seventh to again push the lead back to three runs, 5-2.
Wake Forest cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth when Andrew Riepe belted a double down the left field line, took third on an infield single from Slavik and then came around to score on a wild pitch. Slavik finished the game with three hits in four at bats while Riepe went 2-for-4.
Wake Forest will return to action when the Demon Deacons host NC State to open a key three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series on Friday at 3 p.m.
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 6, WAKE FOREST 5
WFU 000 101 012 - 5 9 2 VCU 201 100 001 - 6 11 1 Paugh, Borrell (5) and Riepe. Korn, Akors (7), Martin (9) and Bauswell. 2B-Slavik (WF), Riepe (WF). HR-Borrell (WF). W-Martin (4-0). L-Borrell (0-1). T-2:21. A-127.
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