Baseball Falls to East Carolina

May 9, 1998

GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina battled back from a two run deficit to claim a 4-2 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Harrington Field in Greenville, NC.

With the victory, East Carolina improves its record to 28-27 while Wake Forest falls to 35-20.

Jon Palmieri gave the Demon Deacons a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-run home run to left field, his 11th of the season. Palmieri finished the day 2-for-4 and improved his season hit total to 94, tying a school record set by Billy Masse in 1988.

East Carolina battled back to put single runs on the board in the third and the fourth innings. Chris Gentrup singled and scored on a RBI double from Chris Shaffer in the third while Randy Rigsby singled and scored on a RBI single from Ryan Massimo in the fourth to tie the score at 2-2.

ECU's Jason Howard blasted a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead.

John Hendricks (11-4) took the loss for the Deacs, allowing four runs on nine hits while striking out seven batters in eight innings of work. Hendricks, who failed in his attempt to set a new school record with 12 victories in a season, went the distance for the eighth consecutive game and for the ninth time this season.

Travis Thompson (2-5) picked up the win for the Pirates, tossing two scoreless innings in relief. Brian Fields earned the save, his third of the year, by holding the Deacons scoreless over the final three innings of the game.

The Demon Deacons return to action on Sunday when they visit Old Dominion at 4 p.m in the final regular season game of the year.



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