No. 15 Baseball Downs Maryland, 16-7

May 14, 1999

COLLEGE PARK, Md - First baseman Jon Palmieri went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBI and the Wake Forest offense blasted five home runs to lead the 15th-ranked Demon Deacons past Maryland, 16-7, on Friday night at Shipley Field.

With the victory, Wake Forest improves its record to 37-13 on the season and 14-7 in ACC play. The 14 league wins marked a new school record for conference wins in a season, while the victory moved the Demon Deacons to within one win of clinching second place in the ACC regular season standings.

Wake Forest's John Hendricks (8-5), the school's all-time leader with 32 career victories, picked up the win after tossing seven strong innings. Hendricks allowed three runs on eight hits while striking out two batters.

Maryland starter Tom Curtiss (2-6) took the loss after allowing seven runs in five innings of work.

It was a record breaking night for first baseman Jon Palmieri as he became Wake Forest's all-time leader with his 320th career base hit, passing the previous total of 317 by Jake Austin. Palmieri also set a new single season record with his 80th RBI, surpassing the previous mark of 78 that he set last year.

The Demon Deacons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a RBI groundout from Andrew Riepe, but Maryland responded in the bottom of that inning with a two-run homer from Casey Trout to give the Terrapins a 2-1 lead.

Wake Forest tied the score at 2-2 in the second inning with a RBI single from Palmieri, and then took a 5-2 lead with three more runs in the third. Danny Borrell led off that frame with his 17th home run of the season while Matt Price and Chase Voshell each drove in runs. The Deacons stretched the lead to 7-3 with three runs in the fifth inning and Riepe made the score 9-3 with a two-run homer in the sixth, his ninth of the season.

The Deacons made the score 13-3 with four more runs in the seventh inning. Jason Aquilante blasted a three-run homer, his fifth of the season, and Palmieri followed with a solo blast on the next pitch, his 17th home run of the year. Voshell blasted a three-run homer, his seventh of the season, to make the score 16-3 in the eighth inning.

All nine Wake Forest starters had at least one hit in the game, including three hits apiece from Scott Daeley and Riepe.

Wake Forest and Maryland will continue the three-game ACC series on Saturday at 7 p.m.


WFU   113 022 430 - 16 17  0
MD    201 000 013 -  7 10  0
Hendricks, Bush (8), Heaps (9) and Riepe. Curtiss, Fleetwood (6) and Barton. 2B-Easter (M). HR-Trout (M), Borrell (WF), Riepe (WF), Aquilante (WF), Palmieri (WF), Munroe (M). W-Hendricks (8-5). L-Curtiss (2-6). T-3:08. A-165.



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