Wake Forest Travels to Florida State for Weekend Series

March 15, 2007

Games No. 19-21: Wake Forest at Florida State
Records:
Demon Deacons (11-7, 2-1) vs. Seminoles(20-0, 0-0)
When:

Fri., March 16 - 6 p.m.
Sat., March 17 - 6 p.m.
Sun., March 18 - 1 p.m.

Where: Dick Howser Stadium - Tallahassee, Fla.
Pitching Matchup:

WF: RHP Brad Kledzik (2-1, 4.57)
FSU: RHP Bryan Henry (5-0,2.04)
WF: LHP Eric Niesen (2-1, 5.84)
FSU: RHP Michael Hyde (6-0, 1.85)
WF: LHP Garrett Bullock (1-0, 5.23)
FSU: RHP Ryan Strauss (4-0, 1.97)

Game Notes:

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Coverage:

Television: FSN (Fri.); ACC Select (Sun.)
Audio: WBRF 98.1 (Fri. & Sat.) Internet-only (Sun.)
Friday: Gametracker
Saturday: Gametracker
Sunday: Gametracker

IN THE BATTERS BOX -- Wake Forest will be facing the No. 4-ranked team in the country for the second straight weekend, as the Demon Deacons travel to Tallahassee to face undefeated Florida State. Wake enters the weekend 11-7 overall and 2-1 in conference play. The Deacs took two of three from Virginia last weekend but were swept in a mid-week series by Ball State. FSU is off to its best start in school history at 20-0. The Seminoles, who swept Indiana last weekend, are opening ACC play with the Deacs.

FLORIDA STATE INSIDER -- At 20-0, Florida State is off to the best start in the baseball program's history. The Seminoles are coming off a three-game sweep of non-conference foe Indiana in Tallahassee last weekend. FSU has played 19 of its 20 games so far at Dick Howser Stadium. The `Noles have out-scored their opponents by a combined mark of 238-63. As a team, Florida State is hitting a robust .401. Tony Thomas leads the team in hitting at .537, while Buster Posey is the RBI leader with 28. The pitching staff has a collective ERA of 2.55. Michael Hyde has allowed just seven earned runs in 34 innings of work (1.85 ERA).

ON DECK -- The Demon Deacons will play two non-conference games next week. Wake Forest will host its third MAC opponent of the season with Ohio on Tuesday. The Deacs will then travel to Winthrop on Wednesday. Next weekend, Wake will head east to Chapel Hill to play North Carolina.

RANKINGS -- Wake Forest is not ranked but is receiving votes in two polls. The Deacons got 27 votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Poll and were listed on this week's NCBWA Top 30 Poll. Florida State is ranked as high as No. 2 in the polls. Collegiate Baseball has the Seminoles at No. 2, while Baseball America ranked FSU No. 4. Florida State is ranked third in the country in both the USA Today/ESPN poll and the NCBWA poll.

BALL STATE LEFTOVERS --
-Wake Forest was swept in a two-game, mid-week series with Ball State. It was the first time this season that the Deacons were swept in a series. The losses dropped Wake to 3-2 against Mid-American Conference teams this season.
-On Tuesday, Allan Dykstra hit two home runs but the Cardinals pulled out the win, 7-6, with the go-ahead run in the ninth. On Wednesday, the Deacs left 15 runners on base in the 6-5 loss. In both games, Wake led early but let the leads slip away.
-Joel Ernst took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Wednesday but gave up five runs, two earned, in the inning. Ernst walked the first two batters of the sixth before giving up two hits in the inning. He suffered his first loss of the season.

LET'S PLAY 20! -- The last time that Wake Forest and Florida State met on the diamond, history was made. The two teams played the longest game in ACC history and the sixth-longest in NCAA history. FSU pulled out a 4-3 win in 20 innings. The game, which lasted five hours and two minutes, featured 11 different pitchers and a total of 546 pitches. The game was the 11th in NCAA Division I history to ever reach the 20th inning and first to do so since 1999. It was the longest game in NCAA Division I since March 7, 1999, when Evansville and Memphis went 21 innings. The NCAA record is 23 innings set on March 27, 1971 between Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State. Allan Dykstra set a new ACC record with 26 putouts -- falling just three putouts shy of the NCAA Division I record of 29 set by Pat Reily of Arizona on April 5, 2002. Dykstra's 26 putout effort is tied for second most ever.

ELLIS IS SPOTLESS -- Reliever Josh Ellis has yet to give up a single run this season. The righthander has pitched 14 2/3 scoreless innings. In 10 appearances, all in relief, Ellis has given up just five hits. The Lexington, Ky., native has struck out 21 batters and walked just three. In his only appearance of the mid-week, Ellis struck out the side in order in the ninth inning on Wednesday. He is 2-0 with one save on the season. The save against Virginia on March 9 was the first of Ellis' career.

FOXY DEACON -- Willy Fox was named the ACC Player of the Week on Monday. Fox had a hit in all five games last week, including two walk-off, game-winning hits. On Tuesday, Fox's two-run double capped a five-run rally in the ninth inning of Wake Forest's 5-4 win over Gardner-Webb. On Friday against No. 4 Virginia, Fox hit his first two home runs of the season in the Demon Deacons' 8-3 win. He became the first player this season to hit a homer off Cavalier lefty Sean Doolittle. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth of Sunday's 7-6 series-clinching win over Virginia. He finished Sunday's game 4-for-5. Fox also went 3-for-4 in Wake's loss to the Cavaliers on Saturday. For the week, Fox finished with a team-best average of .478 and also led the team in hits (11), RBIs (8), slugging percentage (.826) and on-base percentage (.500). For the Virginia series, Fox hit .692 (9-for-13) with six RBIs.

HITTING STREAKS -- Four Demon Deacons are currently riding hitting streaks of five games or more. Allan Dykstra leads Wake Forest with an eight-game hitting streak, while Willy Fox is at seven games. Dykstra and Evan Ocheltree have each had a team-best nine-game hitting streak earlier this season. Ocheltree had his streak snapped Wednesday against Ball State.

Player Statistics During Streak
Allan Dykstra (8) .294 (10-for-34), 2B, 4 HR, 12 RBI, .676 SLG
Willy Fox (7) .438 (14-for-32), 5 R, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .781 SLG, .471 OBP
Tyler Smith (6) .389 (7-for-18), 1 R, 3 2B, RBI
Andy Goff (5) .333 (5-for-15), 5 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI

GOFF DOUBTFUL WITH ELBOW INJURY -- Second baseman Andy Goff remains doubtful with a hyper-extended elbow. The junior injured his throwing elbow turning a double play in the final inning of Wake Forest's 16-11 loss to UNC Wilmington on Sunday, March 4. Goff did not play in either of the mid-week games, as Nathan Frazier filled in at second. Frazier had a hit in each game, going 1-for-3 against Gardner-Webb and 1-for-2 with an RBI against High Point. Goff had started each of the first 11 games of the season at second base. Goff had a solid series against UNC Wilmington, as he collected five hits and had five RBIs. For the season, Goff is hitting .267 with six runs driven in. Goff's availability will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

VIRGINIA LEFTOVERS --
-Wake Forest took two of three games from Virginia, who was ranked No. 4 in the country at the time. Will Fox played a major role in each of the two wins. Fox hit two home runs on Friday, including the two-run go-ahead shot off Sean Doolittle and a three-run bomb in the seventh inning. On Sunday, Fox singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Deacons the series.
-For the series, Fox hit .692 (9-for-13) with six RBIs. He finished with a slugging percentage of 1.231. Allan Dykstra had four hits in the series, including two home runs on Sunday. Dykstra's three-run jack in the seventh inning re-claimed the lead for the Deacs. Tyler Smith hit .375 with two doubles in two games over the weekend.
-On the mound, Josh Ellis continued to shine out of the bullpen. Ellis pitched on Friday and Sunday, throwing a combined 3.2 innings. He did not surrender a run, extending his season scoreless innings streak to 13.2. Ellis gave up just two hits on the weekend while striking out five Cavaliers. Joel Ernst was solid out of the pen on Saturday, giving up two unearned runs in 3.2 innings of work. Brad Kledzik earned his second win of the season on Friday.


 

 

 

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