NO. 15 Baseball Routs Liberty, 21-5

May 12, 1999

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Danny Borrell homered twice and drove in eight runs and Matt Briggs pitched seven strong innings to lead 15th-ranked Wake Forest past Liberty, 21-5, in college baseball action on Wednesday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.

With the victory, Wake Forest improves its record to 36-13 on the season while Liberty falls to 24-26. The Demon Deacons have won 17 of their last 20 games.

Briggs (4-0) allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings of work. He issued two walks and struck out four batters. After allowing base hits to each of the first three batters of the game, Briggs settled down to hold Liberty to just one hit over the remainder of his seven innings.

Liberty starter Anthony Pennix (3-1) took the loss after allowing four runs on four hits and eight walks in 3 2/3 innings. In all, Liberty pitchers combined to walk 14 Wake Forest batters in the game.

After Wake Forest took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with a RBI double from Jon Palmieri, Liberty answered with two runs in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead. The Demon Deacons broke through with three runs in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead. After Corey Slavik and Matt Price each drew walks, John Kubachka blasted a three run homer to left field, his 2nd of the season.

Wake Forest stretched the lead to 7-2 with three more runs in the sixth. Chase Voshell led off the inning with his sixth home run of the year, while Andrew Riepe and Borrell each drove in runs. The Demon Deacons put the game away with six runs in the top of the seventh to make the score 13-2. Borrell's two home runs in the game were his 15th and 16th of the season while his eight RBI marked a new career-high.

Palmieri, who went 3-for-3 with four walks and four RBI in the game, set a new Wake Forest record when he scored his 214th career run. Kubachka finished the game with three hits and four RBI while Daeley went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and Voshell had three hits in five at bats. The game also marked the return of Wake Forest right fielder Ben Danosky, who had missed the last 16 contests with a broken bone in his right hand.

Wake Forest will return to action when the Demon Deacons visit Maryland to open a key three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series on Friday at 7 p.m.


WFU   100 303 635  - 21 21  1
LU    200 000 030  -  5  9  1

Briggs, Bush (8), Borrell (8) and Riepe. Pennix, Reese (4), Brey (6), Adams (7), Dooley (9) and Scott. 2B-Daeley (WF), Palmieri (WF) 2, Kubachka (WF), Borrell (WF) 2, Miller (L), Clinton (L), Morris (L). HR-Kubachka (WF), Voshell (WF), Borrell (WF), Clinton (L). W-Briggs (4-0). L-Pennix (3-1). T-2:21. A-127.



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