Deacons To Play Four Straight Days
Feb. 23, 2001
Wake Forest (5-2) hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday and Sunday at Hooks Stadium before travelling to Liberty on Monday to make up for the 'snow-out' in Lynchburg. The High Point Panthers invade Winston-Salem for a Tuesday matinee.
This will be the first of two times this season, when Wake Forest will play a stretch of four games in four days. In mid-April, the Deacons will play three against NC State and a makeup game against Liberty. All four of those games will be at home.
Freshman Class Making Early Impact
Jamie D'Antona, Josh Hansen and Steve LeFaivre have combined to hit .421 (24-of-57) with nine doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI. In the 12th inning of the UCF game in Houston, D'Antona drove in the game winning run.
Doug Riepe has seen action in two games.
Gregory Russell, a 6-foot-7 right-hander, made his debut against Charlotte and showed potential.
Greer Enters 14th Season At Wake Forest
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 18 wins to reach the 600-win plateau for his career. Greer is 24 wins short of reaching 500 wins at Wake Forest.
Greer is the school's 23rd coach in the program's 87 season history. Greer's 14 year tenure is the longest of any prior Wake Forest baseball coach, ahead of John Caddell's 13 years from 1926-39.
The D'Antona 500
Already he's dented the record books, hammering three doubles in the second game of the season, 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, with 12 hits and a .714 slugging percentage, both team-highs.
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 wins from last season, he would tie first place with John Hendricks.
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.
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 three 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.
Wake Forest On the Airwaves
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 .333 clip through the first seven games and an even more practical .481 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 Battle 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.
Up Next: Deacons Begin Long Home Stretch
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