Hendricks Goes the Distance as Deacs Defeat UVa, 4-3
May 19, 1999
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The rubber-arm man was at it again for Wake Forest in the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament Wednesday.
John Hendricks, last year's MVP for the defending champion Demon Deacons (40-13), scattered eight hits en route to a complete game 4-3 victory over Virginia, throwing a whopping 141 pitches in the process.
Andrew Riepe's two-out RBI double two feet inside the right field foul line in the bottom of the eighth inning proved to be the game-winner for second-seeded Wake Forest, but once again Hendricks (9-5) and his left arm were the story.
"At this point in the season - I don't throw very hard - pitch count is not a big deal to me," said Hendricks. "I'm pretty realistic. I know if I still got it or not. I wouldn't go back out there if I couldn't get guys out."
The victory was his third straight complete game win in the ACC tourney and 17th of his career. He went out in the top of the ninth protecting a one-run lead and proceeded to fan two batters.
"You could tell, he could smell the barn door and he took it on in. That's why he has won so many games for Wake Forest and why he has been one of the outstanding pitchers in the league," Virginia coach Dennis Womack said of Hendricks.
The seventh-seeded Cavaliers (21-34) lost their school-record ninth one-run game in ACC play and 11th overall. Virginia ended up doing themselves in by being thrown out at third base in the eighth on a double steal attempt and then failing to get a Wake Forest runner at second on a sacrifice bunt that led to the Demon Deacons' two-run inning that clinched it.
Hunter Wyant's RBI single gave Virginia a 3-2 lead, but David Stone was caught stealing at third to end the inning on a close call.
Then in the bottom half of the eighth, Scott Daeley led off with a single before Jason Aquilante attempted a sacrifice bunt. It was a poor bunt right to Virginia third baseman Dan Street, but the freshman hesitated a second before attempting to nail Daeley at second. His throw was too late and the Demon Deacons were in business with no outs.
A walk loaded the bases before a double play grounder by Danny Borrell tied the score at 3-3. Riepe's double down the right line on a 2-1 pitch then set up the final half-inning for Hendricks.
"I was thinking, Stay back, stay back' because the whole game I didn't see any pitch from the middle-in, I saw everything middle-away," Riepe said of his winning hit. "He got a fastball up and it worked."
Virginia's Casey Kennedy retired the first eight batters, not allowing he ball out of the infield, before back-to-back doubles by Chase Voshell and Daeley gave the Demon Deacons a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Voshell was 0-for-16 in last year's ACC tourney before breaking through this time.
Virginia added single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, while Wake Forest added a solo run in the fourth before the pitchers took over.
"Teams that have good clubs like Wake Forest find more times than not ways to win," said Womack. "It may be that the other team opens the door for them a little bit but whatever the case they usually go into the door."
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