Baseball Drops a Pair to UNC Charlotte

April 29, 1998

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - UNC Charlotte swept a doubleheader from Wake Forest, 4-3 and 7-6, on Wednesday evening at Phillips Field in Charlotte, NC. The losses broke a six game winning streak for Wake Forest, whose record now stands at 35-19. UNC Charlotte improves to 35-15 on the season. In the 7-inning nightcap, UNC Charlotte jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning when leadoff batter Gerald Parr walked and scored on a RBI single by Bo Robinson. Wake Forest tied the score in the third when Stephen Sullivan walked and scored on a sacrifice fly from Scott Daeley. UNC Charlotte answered in the bottom of the third inning when Joey Hammond, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI, delivered a two-out triple that scored two runs and gave the 49ers a 3-1 lead.

Wake Forest rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning. Josh Otten led off the inning with a double and took third base on Daeley,s single. Jon Palmieri, who went 6-for-8 in the two games, drove in both runners with a double to center field. The double was his 26th of the season, tying the Wake Forest single season mark. Corey Slavik drove in Palmieri with a double to right field.

UNC Charlotte responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the lead for good. Hammond delivered a bases loaded RBI single and Jamie Haywood drove in a run with a fielder,s choice to give the 49ers a 5-4 lead. UNCC added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth. Wake Forest mounted a rally in the top of the seventh. Palmieri led off the inning with a single and took third on Slavik,s base hit to left field. Andrew Riepe drove in Palmieri with a RBI single and Will Rikard plated Slavik with a double, but Brion Treadway came on to get the final two outs of the game to preserve the victory.

Danny Borrell (2-3) started but got no decision, allowing three runs in three innings of work despite tying a career high with seven strikeouts. Jeremy Ward (8-9) took the loss in relief after giving up four runs in three innings of work. Dan Donnick (5-0) picked up the win in relief for UNC Charlotte.

In game one, UNCC's James Matan was the difference as he drove in three runs and hit two home runs in a 4-3 49er victory. With the score tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Matan delivered a game-winning solo home run , his 22nd of the season.

UNC Charlotte took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Gerald Parr led off the game and eventually scored on a sac fly by Matan. The 49ers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Jason Hill doubled and scored on a RBI single by Kirby Southerland.

Wake Forest cut the lead in half in the fifth inning. Sunny Chiou led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Otten. Scott Daeley drove in the run with a solid single to center field. Matan pushed the UNCC lead back to two runs, giving the 49ers a 3-1 cushion with a solo home run.

The Demon Deacons battled back in the eighth inning, however. Scott Daeley led off the inning and reached on an error by UNCC,s third baseman Bo Robinson. Ben Danosky delivered a two run homer, his 11th of the season, to tie the score at 3-3.

UNCC's Paul Poplin (6-4) picked up the win, tossing 8.2 innings and allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Brion Treadway come in for the final out of the game to earn his fourth save of the season.

John Hendricks (11-3) was saddled with the loss despite tossing his seventh consecutive complete game. He allowed four runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out five batters. Hendricks failed in his attempt to become the first pitcher in Wake Forest history to win 12 games in a season. After a break for spring semester exams, the Demon Deacons will return to action on Saturday, May 9 when they travel to East Carolina for a 5 p.m. game.



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