Deamon Deacons advance to Sunday's championship game.
May 29, 1999
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Wake Forest unleashed another offensive barrage Saturday, jumping on Richmond early en route to a 12-1 victory and a spot in the NCAA baseball regional championship game.
The top-seeded Demon Deacons (46-13) followed up their 22-run, 18-hit outburst against Siena on Friday night by banging out 18 hits against the Spiders. Wake Forest is the only undefeated club remaining in the four-team double-elimination regional at Ernie Shore Field.
"Last week going into the ACC tournament I thought we were hitting as good as we could, and now we've picked it up even more," said Wake Forest All-American Jon Palmieri, one of four Wake Forest players with three hits. "Now, we're just getting hits every inning and putting the pressure on every inning."
Wake Forest has also won 15 in a row and is 27-3 in its last 30 games. Meanwhile, the Spiders (38-17) committed a season-high seven errors to drop into the loser's side of the draw.
"Right now, they are playing with confidence," Richmond coach Ron Atkins said of the Demon Deacons, who turned five double plays on defense. "A team has to come out (Sunday) and beat them twice. I'm not saying it can't be done but they are playing awfully good right now."
Either second-seeded Richmond or No. 3 seeded Virginia Tech, who square off later Saturday night, would have to beat the Demon Deacons twice Sunday to win the title and advance to one of eight Super Regionals across the country.
Scott Daeley's three-run homer was the key hit in a four-run second inning, while Wake Forest added another run in the third and three more in the fourth to bolt to an 8-0 lead.
"It was a fastball he just left over the plate," Daeley said of the homer to left off starter and loser Mike Dwyer (10-5). "I was looking for a pitch I could hit to the outfield because Chase (Voshell) was on third and I just got into it a little bit."
That cushion was plenty for Mike MacDougal, who was getting in his final work in front of pro scouts before Wednesday's major league draft. The right-hander allowed one run in six innings before giving way to reliever David Bush.
MacDougal, expected to be picked among the top 10 players in the draft, improved to 13-2 - his victory mark tying John Hendricks' single-season school record for wins. Hendricks, a senior who won his 10th against Siena, won 13 last season.
Danny Borrell's single in the eighth extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
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