Richmond Stays Alive against Demon Deacons

May 30, 1999

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - Richmond starter Mark Fisher shut down Wake Forest's high-powered offense and helped the Spiders stave off elimination from the NCAA baseball tournament with a 9-3 win over the Demon Deacons on Sunday.

The two teams played again Sunday night with the winner advancing to the Super Regionals next week.

Fisher (6-0) used an off-speed curve ball to keep the Demon Deacons off balance most of the game. The freshman from Hamilton Square, N.J. allowed three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.

"I think the key to this ball game was our little freshman came in there and gave up just one run through five or six innings, and that's basically what we wanted to get out of him," said Richmond coach Ron Atkins.

The Spiders (41-16) also snapped the Demon Deacons' 15-game winning streak.

"Fisher threw his breaking ball for strikes, got ahead of their hitters and had them out on their front foot a little bit," Atkins said. "It was a great pitched ball game."

The Spiders scored single runs in the first and second innings off Wake Forest starter Scott Siemon (12-2), who suffered the loss. Jeff Kenney led off the second inning with a home run for the 2-0 lead.

Chase Voshell hit a solo home run in the third to cut the margin to 2-1.

But Nate Rewers and Mike Dwyer had RBI singles during Richmond's four-run fourth. The Spiders added another run in the fifth for a 7-1 lead.

The Demon Deacons (46-14), who had won their previous two playoff games by a combined margin of 34-5, cut the deficit to 7-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Wake Forest had two men on base with two outs when Fisher was relieved by Jason Baker. But Voshell lined out to third baseman Craig Rutter on Baker's first pitch to end the threat. Baker pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the Spiders.

Nic Jackson put the game out of reach with a two-run homer in the eighth.