Wake Concludes Homestand

March 12, 2001

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March 13
#25 Wake Forest (13-3) at Hooks Stadium
vs. Appalachian State (5-13) 2:00 p.m.
Radio: None

March 14
Wake Forest VCU's The Diamond
at Virginia Commonwealth 2:00 p.m.
Radio: VCU Network / wakeforestsports.com

Deacons Conclude Homestand Tuesday vs. Appalachian State, Visit VCU Wednesday

Wake Forest (13-3) steps out of the conference for two mid-week contests against regional rivals Appalachian State and Virginia Commonwealth. Tuesday's game against the Mountaineers marks the conclusion of an eight-game homestand.

Wake Forest has posted a near-perfect 6-1 record and has hit .315 as a team during the stretch.

The Deacons are coming off their first home loss of the season, a 14-6 Sunday defeat at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils. It was Wake's first loss in 21 days and it snapped a nine-game winning streak.

Scouting the Mountaineers
Appalachian State hikes down Highway 421 sporting a deceptive 5-13 overall record. The Mountaineers have won four straight games, all on the road, including a 20-4 thrashing of High Point and a three-game sweep of Davidson over the weekend.

The game is the first of three meetings with ASU this year. The next two will be April 3 and 11.

WFU-ASU: The Series History
Wake Forest holds a 22-9 lead in the all-time series since 1954. The Demon Deacons have captured the last eight meetings since 1996.

A Look at the Rams
Wake Forest will meet a VCU squad that is on a major roll, having won their last seven games as of Monday. That figure includes four wins over ACC opponents and a sweep of Maryland last weekend.

The Rams' leading hitter is shortstop Joshua Arteaga. The junior college transfer out of Homestead, Fla., has hit .407 through 16 games with a team-leading 18 RBI.

The Rams team batting average of .303 is solid but more imposing is the team's ability to run. The Rams have already racked up 42 stolen bases in 49 attempts. For comparison purposes, the Demon Deacons have swiped just 16 bases. North Carolina leads all ACC teams with 31 thefts.

WFU-VCU: The Series History
Wake Forest owns a narrow 4-3 lead in the all-time series. Last year, the teams met in Winston-Salem and the Deacons picked up a 13-3 victory behind starter Ben Clayton.

Wake Forest teed off on VCU right away with 10 runs in the first inning and never looked back. Corey Slavik homered and went three-for-five. Jason Aquilante, Cory Sullivan, Jamie Athas and Matt Price each had at least two hits.

The Demon Deacons are 1-2 all-time in Richmond against VCU with a win back in 1985.

Wake Forest On the Airwaves
Wednesday's game at Virginia Commonwealth will be broadcast in the Richmond area and also on the internet. Visit www.wakeforestsports.com and follow the links to the broadcast of the game.

The March 21 contest at East Carolina will also be available on the internet at gopirates.com.

The Wake Forest/ISP Sports Radio Network is scheduled to begin its coverage of Deacon baseball on March 23 with the Clemson series at Hooks Stadium. The broadcast schedule features at least nine regular season games including the entire Virginia and Georgia Tech series. In addition, Stan Cotten will call the action as the Demon Deacons march through the postseason.

Sullivan Can Do It All
Observers of Wake Forest baseball already knew Cory Sullivan had a ton of ability. That's why he was a third team All-American in 2000, his first season at Wake Forest out of Cypress JC in California.

Sullivan proved he could hit for average (.374 last year), hit for power (10 home runs in 78 career games), run well (28 stolen bases in just over one season) and could hold his own in center field.

The second team preseason All-American has been the leadoff hitter for the Deacons in every game over the last two seasons and recently, he's shown a new element in his game.

Cory Sullivan can pitch.

The senior from Pittsburgh came on to pitch against Duke on Saturday. He threw a scoreless eighth inning, gave up one hit and struck out one.

With first team All-ACC pitcher Scott Siemon and Ryan Braun out with injuries, Sullivan's time on the mound may be limited but in the meantime, the Deacons have added another lefty to the staff.

Last year, Wake Forest successfully used Danny Borrell as a pitcher, first baseman and designated hitter. It worked so well that Borrell was chosen in the second round by the New York Yankees in June.

Burning Bush
Junior closer Dave Bush (2-0, 2.74 ERA, 5 SV) has been on fire to start the season. His ERA was a near-perfect 0.69 ERA through eight appearances with three saves.

But, Bush proved to be human against UNO giving up four earned runs in five innings of work in two games. He saw his ERA ?balloon? to 2.50, still an outstanding mark, good for seventh in the ACC.

Bush did set a new career-best for strikeouts, with eight against UNO on Saturday. His 11.74 strikeouts per nine innings lead the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Earlier in the year, Bush enjoyed a streak of four outings, spanning 6.1 innings, without allowing a hit. On February 12, Bush was named the 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 Wake Forest Record Books
Bush led the team with 36 appearances last season and is well on his way to becoming Wake Forest's all-time leader in that category. He has taken the hill 84 times in a Deacon uniform entering the ASU game, third place in Wake Forest history. He is three appearances away >from surpassing Frank Humber for number one all-time.

Meanwhile, Bush is also climbing the all-time saves chart. He has 14 career saves, good for fourth place. Keith Ksansnak holds the all-time lead with 17.

New Sensations
It hasn't taken long for the Class of 2004 to make its presence felt. Several of the freshmen have been instrumental in Wake Forest's early success.

First baseman Jamie D'Antona began his college career on a 15-game hitting streak that snapped on Sunday vs. Duke.

Nonetheless, D'Antona has quickly become one of the most dangerous threats in the Deacon order, leading or tying for the team lead in average, hits, multi-hit games, doubles, home runs, runs batted in and on-base percentage. His seven doubles are second-best in the ACC.

Josh Hansen has started 12 of 16 games, typically batting third in the order as the DH, hitting at a .333 clip (16-of-48) with three home runs, 15 RBI and three doubles. Hansen is tied with D'Antona for the team lead wit ha .667 slugging percentage.

The Deacons have also received contributions from Winston-Salem freshman Steve LeFaivre primarily as a pinch-hitter though he has started four games at DH.

The rookie talent is also on the mound where Kyle Sleeth has started five games with a 3-1 record and a 3.62 ERA. His wins came against Penn State, Liberty and New Orleans, three tournament teams last year. The loss was a 3-2 decision at top-ranked Rice.

Adam Hanson has been outstanding in the early going in a setup role for closer Dave Bush. Hanson is has ten appearances and is among the ACC leaders with a 2.08 ERA through 21.2 innings.

Home Sweet Hooks
The Demon Deacons are wrapping up an eight-game homestand that began with an 11-3 win over High Point on Feb. 27. The momentum continued to build over the weekend with a pair of wins over New Orleans and against 17th-ranked ECU.

The confines of Hooks Stadium have been very friendly as the Deacons are off to a 11-1 start at home. The homestand wraps up with the Mountaineers on Tuesday afternoon.

The Deacons saw their home winning streak snapped at 11 games when Duke defeated Wake 14-6 on Sunday afternoon. Wake Forest was closing in on the longest home win streaks in history. Those streaks are recent history as Wake won 17 straight during portions of the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

Since the beginning of the 1998 season, the Deacons are 77-21 (.786) at Hooks Stadium.

Greer Enters 14th Season At Wake Forest
Head Coach George Greer enters his 14th season at Wake Forest with a career record of 484-297-3, the most wins by any Deacon coach in history, regardless of sport.

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 12 wins to reach the 600-win plateau for his career. Greer is 16 wins away of reaching 500 wins at Wake Forest.

He is tied for sixth all-time for wins by ACC coaches.

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.

Wake Forest In The ACC Statistics (thru 3/11)

Batting:
Team Batting 3rd .312
Avg. D'Antona 8th .400
Hits Sullivan 8th 26
Runs Sullivan T-3rd 23
Home Runs Brackley T-6th 4
Doubles D'Antona T-2nd 7
RBI D'Antona 8th 18
Slugging D'Antona T-7th .667
Slugging Hansen T-7th .667
Slugging Brackley 9th .659

Pitching:
Team Pitching 2nd 3.97
ERA Hanson 4th 2.08
Wins Sleeth T-4th 3
Innings Sleeth 9th 27.1
Strikouts/9 Inn. Bush 1st 11.74
Appearances Bush 1st 13
Saves Bush 1st 5

 

 

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