Wake Forest Heads to No. 15 Miami for Conference Series
April 1, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - For the second straight weekend, Wake Forest hits the road in conference play, traveling to Miami to face the 15th-ranked Hurricanes.
Game times are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday's game will be televised by CSS.
The Demon Deacons enter the weekend with a 9-18 record and a 2-7 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Deacs are currently tied for fifth in the Atlantic Division with Maryland.
Wake Forest split a pair of midweek games, shutting out Charlotte 14-0 on Tuesday and losing a slug fest at Elon, 17-12, on Wednesday night. Steven Brooks led the Demon Deacons in the two midweek games, hitting .625 with two RBIs, five runs scored and four stolen bases. Mac Williamson hit .571 in the two games, including belting a pair of home runs and driving in a career-high four runs against Elon. Mark Rhine hit .500 during the midweek, while Austin Stadler hit .429 and Ryan Semeniuk hit .400 over the two games.
Senior Mike Murray leads Wake Forest with a .347 batting average and 23 RBIs. Brooks is hitting .340 on the year with 13 RBIs and a team-leading 15 stolen bases. Semeniuk has hit a team-leading four home runs and is batting .299 with 12 RBIs.
Sophomore righty Michael Dimock (1-4, 5.74) is scheduled to start Friday night's game. On Saturday, freshman southpaw Tim Cooney (3-1, 2.97) will get the ball, while sophomore lefty Austin Stadler (1-1, 4.58) will start on Sunday. Cooney enters the weekend ranked 13th in the ACC in ERA, while Stadler is 16th in the league in ERA in conference games only.
Out of the bullpen, Niko Spezial has a 4.02 ERA and a 1-3 record in eight outings. Ryan McGrath (1-1, 6.75) ranks second in the ACC with 15 appearances, while Joel Ernst (0-0, 2 saves, 4.91) has appeared in 13 games, which ranks in a tie for fourth in the conference.
Miami enters the weekend with a 17-7 overall record and a 7-2 mark in ACC play. The Hurricanes are currently tied for second in the Coastal Division, a game behind division leader Georgia Tech. The `Canes are coming off a 12-5 midweek victory over Florida Atlantic. Last weekend, Miami took two of three games from NC State in Raleigh.
Miami is hitting .303 as a team, which ranks seventh in the ACC. Yasmani Grandal paces the Hurricane offense with a team-leading .411 batting average, three home runs and 22 RBIs. Harold Martinez leads Miami with six homers and 25 RBIs and is hitting .326 on the season. Zeke DeVoss and Stephen Perez are tied for the team lead with nine stolen bases.
The Hurricane pitching staff brings a 3.72 team earned run average into this weekend's series, ranking fifth in the ACC. Junior LHP Chris Hernandez (3-2, 2.68) is scheduled to start Friday night's game, while junior LHP Eric Erickson (2-1, 3.34) is slated to start on Saturday night. Senior RHP Jason Santana (2-1, 5.34) will toe the rubber in Sunday's series finale. Hernandez is 12th in the ACC in ERA, while Erickson is 17th in the league in ERA.
E.J. Encinosa has made a team-high 13 appearances on the season, including 12 in relief. Encinosa has a 1-0 record with a 1.67 ERA, which ranks fifth in the ACC. Daniel Miranda has made 12 outings out of the bullpen and is 1-1 on the season with a 2.57 ERA. David Gutierrez has all five saves for the Hurricanes on the season and has a 1-0 record with a 6.35 ERA.
Miami holds a 19-5 advantage in the series against Wake Forest. The Hurricanes have won five straight against the Demon Deacons with Wake's last win in the series coming on March 12, 2007. The Deacs are 1-8 all-time in Miami. In 2009, Miami swept three games from Wake Forest to end the season.
Live stats and a recap of all three 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) - Miami, Fla.
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