Wake Forest Travels to Virginia Tech for Weekend Series
March 25, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest returns to Atlantic Coast Conference play this weekend as it travels to Virginia Tech for a three-game series. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday.
The Demon Deacons enter the weekend with a 7-15 overall record and a 1-5 mark in league play. Wake Forest is coming off an 11-3 loss at High Point on Wednesday night. Austin Stadler and Mac Williamson led Wake Forest against the Panthers with two hits each.
Wake Forest is hitting .262 as a team, which ranks 11th in the ACC. Mike Murray and Steven Brooks lead Wake Forest with a .342 batting average on the season. Brooks has also added three homers, 11 RBIs and a team-leading 11 stolen bases, while Murray has hit three round-trippers and driven in a team-best 20 runs on the season. Ryan Semeniuk is also hitting better than .300 on the season, entering the weekend with a .314 batting average, three home runs and 11 RBIs.
Wake Forest is scheduled to start sophomore RHP Michael Dimock (1-3, 6.30) on Friday, freshman LHP Tim Cooney (2-1, 3.73) on Saturday and sophomore LHP Austin Stadler (1-0, 5.17) on Sunday. Cooney ranks 19th in the ACC with a 3.73 ERA, while Cooney and Stadler are tied for eighth in the league with 31.1 innings pitched.
Out of the bullpen, freshman LHP Niko Spezial has a 4.72 ERA and a 1-3 record in seven outings. Junior RHP Ryan McGrath (1-1, 6.75) ranks second in the ACC with 13 appearances, while redshirt senior RHP Joel Ernst (0-0, 2 saves, 5.40) and sophomore LHP Zach White (0-1, 6.30) have each appeared in 11 games, which ranks in a tie for third in the conference.
Virginia Tech enters the weekend with a 14-8 overall record and a 2-4 mark in league play. The Hokies are currently tied for fourth in the Coastal Division, three games behind division leaders Georgia Tech, Virginia and Miami. Virginia Tech defeated Liberty 10-0 in its last game on Wednesday night. Last weekend, the Hokies were swept in a three-game series at Clemson.
Virginia Tech is hitting .340 as a team, which places them fourth in the league. Tim Smalling and Austin Wates rank second and third, respectively, in the ACC in batting average. Smalling is hitting .436 with three home runs and a team-leading 23 RBIs. Wates is batting .434 with two homers and 18 RBIs. Ronnie Shaban (.380, 2 HR, 20 RBIs) ranks 15th in the league in hitting. Steve Domecus has hit a team-leading six home runs on the year.
The Hokie pitching staff has a 4.48 earned run average, which ranks eighth in the league. Virginia Tech is scheduled to start junior lefty Justin Wright (2-3, 5.76) on Friday, junior righty Jesse Hahn (4-1, 1.34) on Saturday and freshman LHP Joe Mantiply (2-1, 5.49) on Sunday. Hahn ranks third in the ACC in ERA, fourth in innings pitched (33.2) and ninth in opponent batting average (.225).
Out of the bullpen, Ben Rowen has appeared in an ACC-leading 15 games and has a 1-0 record with two saves and a 0.52 ERA. Brandon Fisher (1-0, 3.65) has made nine relief outings on the season, while Jake Joyce (1-0, 7.56) has appeared in seven games.
Wake Forest holds a 33-27 edge in the series against Virginia Tech. The Demon Deacons have won three of the last four series against the Hokies, including the last two played at English Field. In 2009, the Deacs took two of three games from the Hokies in Blacksburg.
Live stats and a recap of this weekend's games will be available on WakeForestSports.com. Fans can also get in-game updates by following the Wake Forest baseball Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/WFUBaseball.
Weekend Schedule (Times Eastern and Subject to Change) - Blacksburg, Va.
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