No. 16 Wake Forest Downs N.C. State, 11-10

April 24, 1999

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -Catcher Andrew Riepe delivered a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning and John Hendricks tossed a complete game as 16th-ranked Wake Forest defeated NC State, 11-10, on Saturday afternoon at Hooks Stadium before a crowd of 1,745.

With the victory, the school-record 18th straight at home for the Demon Deacons, Wake Forest upped its record to 31-12 on the season. The Demon Deacons improved to 13-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, good for second place in the league standings, and are now a perfect 10-0 at home against ACC opponents. NC State dropped to 30-18 overall and 7-10 in league action.

Hendricks (7-5) picked up the victory with his third complete game of the season after tossing a career-high 10 innings. He scattered 14 hits and three walks while allowing nine earned runs and striking out four batters. The complete game effort was the 16th in his career.

NC State's Corey Mattison (2-3) took the loss in relief after allowing one run in 2 1/3 innings of work.

With the score knotted at 10-10, Wake Forest's Jon Palmieri delivered a one-out single to left field. He took third base on a single from Danny Borrell before Riepe bounced a ball through the left side of the infield to give the Demon Deacons the 11-10 victory.

Earlier in the game, Palmieri recorded his 300th career hit when he delivered a RBI single in the fourth inning. Palmieri became only the fifth player in ACC history to record at least 300 hits, 200 runs scored and 200 RBI, joining Wake Forest's Jake Austin, Georgia Tech's Jason Varitek, Florida State's Jeremy Morris and NC State's Jake Weber as the lone players to accomplish that feat.

The early innings of the contest were a see-saw affair as NC State took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but Wake Forest answered with three runs in the bottom of that frame to make the score 3-1. The Wolfpack retook the lead with five runs in the top of the fourth, but the Demon Deacons took a 7-6 lead with four runs in their half of that inning.

NC State tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the sixth inning with a RBI single from Brian Ward, who was a perfect 5-for-5 with a home run and five RBI on the day. However, Wake Forest answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-7 lead.

The Wolfpack plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie the score at 10 runs apiece. Brian Wright led off the frame with a solo home run, while Ward drove in a run with a single and pinch hitter Aaron Maher plated the game-tying run with a RBI groundout.

Eight of nine Wake Forest batters had at least one hit in the game, including two hits apiece from Palmieri, Borrell, John Kubachka, Corey Slavik, Matt Price and Jason Aquilante. Slavik and Kubachka each drove in three runs on the afternoon. Jason Smith, Matt Postell and Josh Schmitt each had two hits in the game for NC State.

Wake Forest and NC State will conclude the three-game series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Hooks Stadium.


NCS (30-18, 7-10)   001 501 030 0 -- 10 14  0
WFU (31-12, 13-6)   003 403 000 1 -- 11 14  4
D'Amato, Combs (4), Sollie (7), Mattison (8) and Mooney. Hendricks and Riepe. 2B-Smith (N) 2, Daeley (W), Kubachka (W) 2, Borrell (W). HR-Wright (N), Ward (N). W-Hendricks (7-5). L-Mattison (2-3). T-2:58. A-1,745.



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