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.

Wake Forest junior short stop Chase Voshell, .383-2-38, leads the team in hitting. Voshell is second on the team in hits with 51 and third in RBI with 38. Voshell leads the team in doubles this season with 14 and stolen bases with 10 in 12 attempts.

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.

Junior right-hander Scott Siemon (7-1, 1.59 ERA) will get the starting nod in the series opener on Friday. After pitching well (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K's) but suffering a tough loss in the season opener against defending national champion Miami, Siemon has rattled off seven straight wins in his last seven starts. He has held opponents to a .188 average while recording 41 K's to just 13 walks through eight starts this season. Siemon has pitched especially well lately, giving up just one run in his last three starts. His last time out, he pitched a complete-game shut out of the Virginia Cavaliers in a 4-0 Deacon victory.

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.

After scoring just nine runs and batting .215 as a team in the three-day season-opening tournament at Disney World, the Wake Forest offense jumped into high gear during the month of February and has carried that over into March. In the games since the ACC/Disney Baseball Blast, Wake Forest is averaging 10.58 runs and 12.86 hits per game. The Demon Deacons have scored better than 10 runs in 15 of the 28 games since the opening series while outscoring their opponents 296-149 since the Disney Blast.

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.

After starting the season with a loss to Miami, junior pitcher Scott Siemon has won his last seven starts. He currently has a 1.59 ERA and he has 41 strike outs so far this season. In his last three starts, Siemon has defeated N.C. State (11-0), Florida State (7-1) and Virginia (4-0).

Junior short stop Chase Voshell, who currently leads the team with a .383 batting average, is 8-for-11 in two games so far this week. He was 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI against Appalachian State on Wednesday. Voshell is carries a seven-game hit streak into the weekend series.

Freshman Ben Clayton no-hot the UNC Greensboro Spartans on Wednesday. Clayton walked just four batters and struck out a career-high 13. It was the first no-hitter by a Wake Forest pitcher since Mike MacDougal no-hit Duke last season. Before that, the last Wake no-hitter was in 1939.

After tossing a no-hitter last week, freshman pitcher Ben Clayton was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for his efforts. Clayton was also one of three players named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week.

Wake Forest plated 30 runs on Feb. 24 against Davidson, tying the school record for most runs in a game (the Deacons also scored 30 runs in 1992 against Campbell and UNC Asheville and in 1979 against Campbell). In the game against the Wildcats, a 30-4 Wake Forest victory, the Demon Deacons scored 14 runs and tied a school-record with 14 base hits in the seventh inning when 12 consecutive batters reached base. PRESEASON ACCOLADES

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.

The Demon Deacons were predicted to finish fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference race this spring, according to the league's nine head coaches. Head coach George Greer's squad earned 53 points in the poll, picking up one first place vote.

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).

Spanning the 1998 and 1999 seasons, Wake Forest has been impressive against ACC opponents. The Demon Deacons have 39 wins over ACC clubs (including regular season and tournament games), second among all ACC schools behind only Florida State's 46 wins. And during those seasons, the ACC has been rated as the nation's top conference by the RPI.

ACC Wins in the Last Two Years*
1. Florida State 49
2. Wake Forest 40
3. Clemson 30
4. NC State 29
t5. North Carolina 28
t5. Georgia Tech 28
7. Virginia 14
t8. Duke 13
t8. Maryland 13
(*Includes regular season and tournament games)

The winningest coach in Wake Forest history in any sport, head coach George Greer is now in his 13th season with the Demon Deacons. He owns a record of 445-278-2 at Wake Forest, and has led the Deacs to 30 or more wins in 11 of 12 seasons, including a school-record 47 wins last year. Greer reached 400 victories at Wake Forest last season, and he became just the 8th coach in ACC history to win that many games at a conference school.

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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