Deacons Baseball Blanks Florida State in ACC Tourney

Voshell and Price both homer in 4-0 win.

May 21, 1999

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Wake Forest added some power to its pitching arsenal Friday night in the winner's bracket of the Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournament.

The defending champions moved into the driver's seat in the double-elimination tourney, getting homers from Chase Voshell and Matt Price, and another solid pitching effort from Scott Siemon in a 4-0 victory over Florida State.

Second-seeded Wake Forest (42-13) is the only undefeated team left in the field and will play N.C. State on Saturday. The red-hot Demon Deacons won their 11th straight and are 23-3 since getting swept in a three-game series in Tallahassee, Fla., on April 2-4.

Wake Forest's winning streak is their longest since 1950.

Meanwhile, the top-seeded Seminoles - a record 22-2 in ACC games during the regular season - take on Clemson and face elimination with a loss. Florida State suffered its first shutout since May 6, 1996 - a span of 214 games.

Siemon (12-1) scattered seven hits to tie teammate Mike MacDougal for the ACC lead in wins.

"He just used us," Florida State coach Mike Martin said. "He was just beautiful. You hate to get beat, but you have to take your hat off to the guy."

"I was locating my fastball where I wanted to," said Siemon, who ran his shutout streak to 17 straight innings. "Most of the time I was putting it where I wanted to. That was the key."

Siemon's complete game was the eighth in the last 10 ACC tourney games for the Demon Deacons.

"The bullpen is basically untested right now. Let's keep it that way," said Wake Forest coach George Greer.

Voshell broke up a scoreless game in the top of the fifth, taking a 1-0 pitch from Nick Stocks over the 30-foot high left field fence for a two-run homer. Voshell was 0-for-16 in last year's tourney.

"That guy was throwing so hard you just put the barrel of the bat on the ball and it's going to go," Voshell said.

Price's 400-foot solo homer with two outs an inning later helped chase Stocks (10-2), who had seven strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings.

Florida State (48-11) had two runners on with no outs in the bottom of the sixth, but cleanup hitter Sam Scott bounced into a double play and Jeremiah Klosterman grounded out to second as Siemon kept the Seminoles off the scoreboard.

The Seminoles did the same in the eighth, but Siemon retired three in a row again to help cap his first career complete-game shutout.

Wake Forest added a solo run in the ninth.

Jon Palmieri's single in the fourth gave him 100 hits for the season - the first Wake Forest player and second in ACC history to reach the century mark in consecutive seasons.

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