Wake Forest Baseball Opens 87th Season With Three Games At Home
Feb. 6, 2001
Curtain Raises on 2001 Season
WFU-JMU: The Series History
Last season, the conference was ranked last season as the nation's third best conference behind the SEC and the ACC.
The Deacons saw three CAA teams last season and posted a record 2-1 record against those clubs.
Four CAA teams appears on Wake's 2001 slate.
WFU-Penn State: The Series History
The only meetings between the schools came on March 27 and 28, 1968 in Tallahassee, Fla. The teams split their two-game set.
Greer Begins 14th Season At WFU
Greer, who has coached exactly 1,000 Division I games, begins the season with two major milestones within reach. The 1969 graduate of Connecticut needs 23 wins to reach the 600-win plateau for his career. Greer is 29 wins short of reaching 500 wins at Wake Forest.
Wake Forest in Season Openers
Only four times in the previous 13 seasons have the Deacons opened their season at the friendly confines of Hooks Stadium. Wake Forest is a perfect 4-0 in those contests with the most recent win coming in 1999, a 10-5 win over Evansville.
Sullivan Named Preseason All-American
Sullivan's 102 hits were the third-highest single season total in Wake Forest history.
Deacons Ranked 28th By Collegiate Baseball
The team's current position snaps a streak of 11 weeks in the top 25 dating back to March 27, 2000.
Wake will have an opportunity to prove it belongs in the top 25 early in the season as five teams ranked in the top 40 appear in the first month of the schedule.
Wake Gets Points for Degree of Difficulty
A total of eight opponents are ranked in the Collegiate Baseball Preseason Top 40 including Georgia Tech (1), Clemson (5), Rice (7), Florida State (8), Central Florida (19), East Carolina (30), Virginia Tech (38) and Penn State (40).
The 2001 slate also includes a number of reigning conference champions. Penn State captured the Big Ten title last season. East Carolina and James Madison, two teams who will visit Hooks Stadium this year, shared the Colonial crown in 2000.
Finally, to be the best you have to beat the best. Wake Forest will play 12 of last year's NCAA tournament teams. Of the scheduled 56 games, 27 are against 2000 NCAA Tournament qualifiers.
Deacons Picked to Finish Fourth in the ACC
Not Exactly Bush League
The fireballer will reclaim Wake Forest's closer role this season. Last year he made 36 appearances, a team-high, and posted a 2-3 record, seven saves and a 3.36 ERA.
Siemon Returns As Ace of Rotation
The West Palm Beach, Fla., native currently ranks fifth on the all-time wins chart at Wake Forest with 23. If Siemon can equal his 11 from last season, he would tie Siemon for first place with former teammate John Hendricks.
Quite a Quintet
Taking One For the Team
Now, he's looking at taking one for the team by changing positions. Voted last year as the ACC's best defensive second baseman, Aquilante could be seeing the majority of his time behind the plate during the 2001 campaign.
With the departure of All-ACC catcher Dan Conway to the Colorado Rockies organization, the Demon Deacons are left with very little experience at catcher.
Wake Forest has three newcomers in JC transfer Stephen Ghutzman and true freshmen Josh Hansen and Ryder Mathias who will battle for time. The most experienced players at the position are sophomores Hank Hornsby and Jon Klopacs who combined to play in nine games last season.
Blue appeared in 22 games last year and started just one but he made the most of his opportunities by batting .364 and did not commit an error in the field.
The coaching staff loves Blue's speed on the basepaths and his range at second base.
Deacons on the Tube
Wake Forest on the Air
In addition to the regular season schedule, the Wake Forest/ISP Sports Radio Network will be there as the Demon Deacons advance through the ACC and NCAA Tournaments.
The flagship station of the Wake Forest/ISP Sports Network is WTRU 830 AM.
Up Next: Mid-Week Battle With Liberty
Following the one-game set with Liberty, Wake will travel to Houston, Texas for a tournament at Rice University February 16-18. Wake Forest will play No. 19 Central Florida on Friday, tournament host and seventh-ranked Rice on Saturday before closing out the trip with Purdue on Sunday afternoon.
While in the Bayou City, Wake Forest will face two familiar foes. Last year, the Demon Deacons played both Rice and Central Florida at the ACC-Disney Blast in Orlando, Florida.
The Deacons dropped to 1-1 on the year after losing to UCF 5-4 but returned the next day to defeat Rice 2-1. The game marked the Wake Forest debut for freshman Ben Clayton who turned in a tremendous six-inning performance without allowing a run.
Wake Forest and Purdue have never met.
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