Wake Forest Faces Charlotte
Feb. 19, 2001
Wake Forest (4-2) returns home after a weekend excursion to Houston for the Rice University Coca-Cola Classic. The Deacons started the weekend well with a 12-inning, 6-5 win over 19th-ranked Central Florida before dropping two straight one-run games, a 3-2 loss to #1 Rice and a 6-5 game to Purdue.
The Deacons have not lost three straight games since the 1998 season. Wake Forest will host Charlotte (2-5) on Tuesday at Hooks Stadium at 2:30 before heading north to face Liberty on Thursday in Lynchburg, Va.
Wake Forest (4-2)
vs. Charlotte (2-5)
February 22 2:30 pm
Sullivan Burns the Flames
He looks to extend that streak against a team he dominated during the 2000 campaign.
In three games last year, Sullivan batted .615 (8-of-13) with three doubles and four runs scored.
This year, Sullivan is 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.
Freshman Class Making Early Impact
Doug Riepe, younger brother of former Wake Forest catcher and 1998 ACC Tournament MVP Andrew Riepe, also saw action as a late-inning defensive replacement against Penn State.
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 19 wins to reach the 600-win plateau for his career. Greer is 25 wins short of reaching 500 wins at Wake Forest.
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 pitched 6.1 innings against UCF and struck out six but did not earn a decision.
He currently ranks fourth on the all-time wins chart at Wake Forest with 24. If Siemon can equal his 11 wins from last season, he would tie first place with John Hendricks.
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.
Bush In the Record Books
He needs just four appearances to pass John Hendricks for third place and is nine short of surpassing Frank Humber for number one all-time.
Meanwhile, Bush is also climbing the all-time saves chart. He has ten career saves and needs two to tie for fifth place. Keith Ksansnak holds the all-time lead with 17.
D'Antona Dents the Record Book
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.
Since then, D'Antona has continued to be a force, hitting .435 on the year with ten hits and six RBI, both team-highs.
Quite a Quintet
Deacons Picked to Finish Fourth in the ACC
Wake Forest finished last season in fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 14-10 record.
Seeing The Whole Field
With the departure of All-ACC catcher Dan Conway to the Colorado Rockies organization, the Demon Deacons were left with very little experience at catcher.
When junior college transfer Stephen Ghutzman was banged up the fall, the coaching staff asked Aquilante to put on the pads for the first time in his career because of his veteran status and knowledge of the pitching staff.
Aquilante has adapted well to the change and hasn't let the position change affect his batting. He's hitting .304 with one home run and four RBI.
In Blue Heaven
Blue has already showed the ability to swing the bat hitting at a .316 clip through the first six games and an even more practical .435 on base percentage.
Last season, Blue appeared in 22 games 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. He already has two stolen bases in three attempts this year.
Ghutzmans Star at Coca-Cola Classic
Both Ghutzman boys wear number 11 and play catcher. Stephen, the native of Spring, Texas, grew up in the Houston area and singled in his first Div. 1 at-bat driving in a run.
In the end, big brother showed little brother how it was done as Phillip drove in the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning in Rice's 3-2 win at Reckling Park.
Wake Forest On the Airwaves
Up Next: Deacons Begin Long Home Stretch
The only road trip during that stretch is the Feb. 28 game at Davidson. Following the long homestand, Wake Forest will hit the road for five of their next six.
Deacons on the Tube
Game times for the series are as follows: Friday - 7:00 p.m., Saturday
- 1:00 p.m., Sunday - 1:00 p.m.
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