Wake Forest to Play Pair of Ranked Opponents During Mid-Week

March 31, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest is set to take on a pair of ranked opponents this week, as the Demon Deacons will travel to UNC Wilmington on Tuesday and host Coastal Carolina on Wednesday.

Wake Forest (12-13, 5-6) is coming off a 1-2 showing last weekend against No. 2 Florida State. The Deacons took Saturday's game, 4-2, behind a strong start by Garrett Bullock. The Deacs came up just short on Sunday, falling to the Seminoles, 3-2, in 11 innings. Charlie Mellies pitched nine innings for Wake, allowing just one run on three hits in the no-decision.

First pitch for the Wake Forest-UNCW game is set for 7 p.m. at Brooks Field in Wilmington. RHP Phil Negus (2-0, 5.57) will make his first career start for the Deacons. The Seahawks will counter with RHP Jesse Haney (1-0, 5.87).

UNC Wilmington comes in at 21-4 overall. UNCW is riding a 20-game winning streak, which stands as the longest current streak in the country. The Seahawks, who are ranked No. 20 in the latest Baseball America Top 25 Poll, have not lost since Feb. 27 at The Citadel. UNCW suffered defeats in four of its first five games this season before beginning its current winning streak. UNC Wilmington is coming off a three-game sweep of VCU last weekend.

Wake Forest and Coastal Carolina will square off on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Hooks Stadium. RHP Ben Hunter (1-4, 8.90) will make the start for the Deacons. The Chanticleers have yet to name a starter for the game.

Hunter proved to be a thorn in the side of Coastal Carolina last season. He made the first two starts of his Wake Forest career against CCU and was strong in both. Hunter earned the win on April 11 in Conway, giving up two runs over five innings. A week later in Winston-Salem, he received a no-decision, allowing two runs in six innings of work. The Deacs went on to win the game, 12-5.



Coastal Carolina comes in to the mid-week at 21-6 overall. The Chanticleers will host Elon on Tuesday before traveling to Wake Forest. CCU is ranked No. 22 in the latest USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll. Coastal is coming off a 2-1 weekend series showing at Liberty. The Chanticleers picked up wins on Friday and Sunday.

Wake Forest will return to ACC play this weekend at NC State. First pitch for Friday's and Saturday's game will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday's contest will start at 1:30 p.m.

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