Baseball Travels To Durham To Take On Duke
March 30, 2000
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 22nd-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons travel to Durham to take on the Duke Blue Devils in a three-game ACC series this weekend.
Duke comes into the weekend's series at 11-21 overall and 2-4 in the ACC. Last week, the Blue Devils won two of three games at Georgia Tech.
Wake Forest currently holds a 21-9-1 overall record and the Deacons are 5-4 in ACC play. Last weekend, Wake won two of three games from the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville.
A GLANCE AT THE DEMON DEACONS
Junior catcher Dan Conway, .314-9-36, leads the team in home runs so far this season. Conway has the highest slugging percentage on the team at .669.
Junior 1B/DH Danny Borrell, .328-7-40, leads the team in RBI and is currently second in home runs. Borrell, who also pitches for the Deacs, has started all 31 games this season for the Deacons
Wake Forest's junior infield combination of third baseman Corey Slavik, .369-5-39, and second baseman Jason Aquilante, .328-1-23, are mainstays in the lineup.
The outfield is anchored in the middle by junior center fielder Cory Sullivan, .381-3-23, and in left field by junior Matt Price, .313-5-21. Righty Carlos Brackley, .298-3-13 and lefty Ryan Johnson, .254-2-7 platoon in right field. Stephen Sullivan,.286-0-6 , has also seen time in left field, while versatile sophomore Jamie Athas, .307-1-14, has seen time at DH, first base and second base.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Senior right-hander Eric Schmitt (3-0, 4.25 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 has wins over Liberty, Virginia Tech and Columbia so far this season.
Senior right hander Matt Briggs (1-2, 5.23 ERA) will start the weekend's final game on Sunday. Briggs has mostly been a middle reliever this year and throughout his career, bur has started two game so far this season. In his last outing, Briggs started and pitched six innings, giving up two runs on six hits to pick up his first win of the season against Virginia. He boasts a career record of 7-2.
BREAK OUT THE BIG STICKS
For the season, Wake Forest is now batting .332 and the Demon Deacons are averaging 9.8 runs per game. Wake Forest has belted 38 home runs and has a .527 team slugging percentage.
SIEMON WINS SEVEN STRAIGHT
VOSHELL, ON FIRE AT THE PLATE
CLAYTON THROWS NO-HITTER
CLAYTON EARNS CONFERENCE, NATIONAL HONORS
RECORD OUTBURST VS. DAVIDSON
Wake Forest was well represented in Baseball America's 2000 College Preview issue. Junior Chase Voshell was named the preseason all-ACC shortstop and junior Danny Borrell was tabbed the all-ACC utility player. Additionally, Borrell was listed as the ACC's 5th best prospect for the upcoming 2000 Major League Baseball draft while Voshell was listed at the 6th best prospect.
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*
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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