Wake Baseball Hosts Florida State For Series Starting Friday
March 17, 2000
DEMON DEACONS HOST TOP-RANKED FLORIDA STATE
Florida State comes into the series with a record of 24-2 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. The Seminoles carry an 18-game win streak into this weekend's series.
Wake Forest currently holds a 15-6 overall record and the Deacons are 1-2 in ACC play. Wake has won three in a row this week after losing two of three games to N.C. State last weekend.
A GLANCE AT THE DEMON DEACONS
Junior catcher Dan Conway, .346-7-27, leads the team in home runs so far this season. He has hit three home runs in three games so far this week, including two in the 18-7 win over Pace on Monday.
Junior 1B/DH Danny Borrell, .316-6-30, is second on the team in both home runs and RBI. Borrell has started all 21 games this season for the Deacons
Wake Forest's junior middle infield combination of shortstop Chase Voshell, .341-1-21, and second baseman Jason Aquilante, .351-0-17, are mainstays in the lineup.
The outfield is anchored in the middle by junior center fielder Cory Sullivan, .402-2-17, and in left field by junior Matt Price, .333-3-15. Righty Carlos Brackley, .263-1-5 and lefties Ryan Johnson, .304-2-7 and Stephen Sullivan,.355-0-5 platoon in right field, while versatile sophomore Jamie Athas, .271-1-9, has seen time at DH, first base and second base.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Senior right-hander Eric Schmitt (3-0, 3.12 ERA) is scheduled to start the second game of the weekend on Saturday. Schmitt made his return earlier this season after missing part of the 1999 season after suffering a small tear in his elbow ligaments. After making a few appearances in relief, Schmitt got his first start of the season last Saturday against N.C. State. Schmitt pitched three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and striking out three batters.
Freshman lefty Ben Clayton (5-2, 2.65 ERA) will start the weekend's final game on Sunday. Clayton has been very impressive thus far this season, recording four wins in his five starts, including tossing six innings of shutout ball against 7th-ranked Rice in his collegiate debut. Clayton pitched 6 1/3 innings in his last outing against East Tennessee State. Clayton gave up three runs on two hits in the game to pick up his fifth win of the season. For the season, opponents are batting just .188 against the southpaw.
SERIES VERSUS THE SEMINOLES
BREAK OUT THE BIG STICKS
For the season, Wake Forest is now batting .342 and the Demon Deacons are averaging 10.4 runs per game. Wake Forest has belted 28 home runs and has an impressive .560 team slugging percentage.
SIEMON WINS FIVE STRAIGHT
BORRELL RETURNS FROM INJURY
DEACONS LOOK TO CONTINUE WIN STREAK AT HOOKS STADIUM
SCHMITT MAKING A COMEBACK
RECORD OUTBURST VS. DAVIDSON
Sophomore infielder Jamie Athas, a transfer from Providence, was named the ACC's 2nd-best newcomer, while second baseman Jason Aquilante and third baseman Corey Slavik were voted as the ACC's best defensive players at their positions.
DEACS PICKED 4th IN PRESEASON ACC POLL
Florida State, with seven first place votes, was the top pick with 79 points. The Seminoles were followed by Georgia Tech (67) and Clemson (66). North Carolina (48) was picked fifth behind Wake Forest, followed by NC State and Virginia sixth (31), Maryland eighth (16) and Duke ninth (14).
DEMON DEACONS IN THE ACC
ACC Wins in the Last Two Years*
(*Includes regular season and tournament games)
HEAD COACH GEORGE GREER
A 26-year veteran of coaching, Greer has a 551-400-6 record in 19
years at the Division I level. Greer reached the 500 career victory plateau
last season. Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Greer coached at Davidson and
Connecticut-Avery Point as well as in the Cape Cod League.
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