Baseball Game Notes - Wake Forest at LSU

Feb. 17, 2011

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Under the guidance of second-year head coach Tom Walter, the Wake Forest baseball team will begin the 2011 season on the road against LSU at Alex Box Stadium.

Friday will mark the first-ever meeting between the Demon Deacons and the Tigers.

The Demon Deacons will look to rely on a mix of youth and experience to help improve its 2010 record of 18-37 and continue its momentum from the end of last season. Wake Forest won six of its last eight games in 2010, including two victories over College World Series participant Clemson at home.

Two veteran players looking to help the Deacons this year will be team captains Steven Brooks and Austin Stadler.

Brooks - a senior who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th Round of the 2010 MLB Draft - will be roaming centerfield after starting all 55 games for Wake Forest a season ago. In 2010, Brooks hit a career-best .349 with a team-high 73 hits, including 20 doubles and six home runs.

Stadler has earned the Friday night starter role for Wake Forest this season after posting a 3-4 record in 2010. The junior lefty was third on the team a season ago with a 5.26 ERA in 78 2/3 innings pitched and led the team by fanning 70 batters.

In just his second season with the club, sophomore Matt Conway will also look to provide a big impact in the middle of the order. Projected to hit cleanup for the Deacs, the 6-7, 249-pound first baseman will look to build on last year's season in which he was named Ping!Baseball Second Team Freshman All-America.

Conway led the 2010 team with a .382 average, belted six home runs and had a team-best .618 slugging percentage.

Sophomore Tim Cooney expects to make a splash on the mound this year as the Deacons' Saturday starter. A left hander like Stadler, Cooney finished his inaugural campaign in 2010 with a team-high four wins (six losses) and a 5.49 ERA. Cooney also pitched the most any innings of any Deac in 2010 at 80 1/3.

Sunday's starter is still up in the air for Wake Forest, as LHP Zach White and RHP Justin Van Grouw have battled for that spot in the preseason.

Next Up...
Wake Forest will begin a 13-game home stand on Tuesday, Feb. 22, when it hosts Western Carolina at 4:00 p.m. The Demon Deacons will then play on five consecutive days starting on Feb. 25, welcoming Minnesota, Northwestern, Georgetown, West Virginia and UNC-Greensboro to Winston-Salem. Wake will not travel again until heading to Charlotte on Mar. 15.



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