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Feb. 13, 2001
Deacons Hosts Liberty in Mid-Week Tilt
WFU-LU: The Series History
Bush Chosen ACC Pitcher of the Week
Over the summer, Bush overwhelmed the highly-regarded competition in the Cape Cod League and was named to the league's All-Star team that played at Fenway Park against a Team USA select team. Sullivan Burns the Flames
In last year's NCAA Subregional game against Liberty, then-junior Cory Sullivan went three-for-three with a double. The Preseason All-American has a history of hitting Liberty pitching. In three games last year, Sullivan hit .615 (8-of-13) against the Flames with three doubles.
Sullivan is already off to a hot start batting .500 in 12 at bats with a home run and three RBI.
The Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America named Sullivan a second team preseason All-American. Sullivan was a third team selection last year after batting .374 last year with nine home runs and 50 RBI as the team's leadoff hitter.
Sullivan's 102 hits were the third-highest single season total in Wake Forest history.
Greer Begins 14th Season At WFU
Greer, who coached his 1,000th Division I game last season in the NCAA Tournament, has two major milestones within reach. The 1969 graduate of Connecticut needs 20 wins to reach the 600-win plateau for his career. Greer is 26 wins short of reaching 500 wins at Wake Forest. Deacons Ranked 24th By Baseball America
After being omitted from the top 25 in all three polls to start the year, Wake Forest wasted no time in moving back into the rankings.
After starting 3-0 with wins over defending Colonial champion James Madison and defending Big Ten champion Penn State, Wake Forest jumped to No. 24 in the Baseball America poll and is knocking on the door in the two other major polls, No. 26 in USA Today/ESPN and No. 28 in Collegiate Baseball.
Wake To Face Nation's Best
Six of Wake Forest's opponents are ranked in Baseball America's Top 25, including two teams on this weekend's slate.
The 2001 schedule 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.
Freshman Class Making Early Impact
Doug Riepe also saw action as a late-inning defensive replacement on Saturday against Penn State.
Wake Forest Coming Through In The Clutch
As a team, Wake Forest is hitting a solid .355 with runners on base (22-of-62) and an even more impressive .385 (15-of-39) with runners in scoring position.
Perhaps Wake Forest most clutch of hit of the year wasn't even a hit. Matt Price's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning was the game-winning RBI in Wake Forest's 3-2 comeback win against Penn State on Sunday.
Deacons Picked to Finish Fourth in the ACC
Freshman first baseman Jamie D'Antona waited one game before putting his name into the Wake Forest record book but by Saturday, he couldn't wait any longer.
D'Antona hammered three doubles, tying a school record held by six players. It has been five years since anyone had performed the feat, most recently by Jon Palmieri in 1997.
Siemon Returns As Ace of Rotation
The West Palm Beach, Fla., native picked up the win on opening day against James Madison despite allowing five James Madison runs in six innings.
He currently ranks fourth on the all-time wins chart at Wake Forest with 24. 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 played the entire opening weekend behind the dish and could see the majority of his time there 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. Last Time Out
Wake Forest raised the curtain on the 2001 campaign in grand fashion by taking all three games over the weekend with a 12-5 win on Friday against James Madison and wins on Saturday and Sunday against Penn State.
Senior Scott Siemon picked up the win in Friday's game, pushing him into a tie for fourth place on the all-time wins chart with 24.
Up Next: Deep In the Heart Of Texas
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 Ben Clayton who turned in a tremendous six-inning performance without allowing a run.
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