Deacons Look To Rebound Vs. ASU, UNCG

April 3 3:00 p.m.
Wake Forest (19-10) at Appalachian State (9-20)
Radio: ASU Radio /

April 4 3:00 p.m.
UNC Greensboro at Wake Forest
Radio: None

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    Wake Forest, 19-10, will try to get back on track this week after dropping three at Florida State over the weekend at Dick Howser Stadium.

    The Deacons lost a pair of one-run games on Saturday and Sunday to fall to .500 in ACC play. Wake Forest had not loss three straight since its 1999 trip to Tallahassee. After winning 17 of their first 21, the Demon Deacons have now lost six of their last eight including a 1-5 record recently in the conference. Wake Forest hopes the cure for the losing streak will be a trip to the mountains where the Deacons match up with Appalachian State on Tuesday in Boone before coming home to face UNC Greensboro on Wednesday. The Deacons have defeated once already this year, 13-4 on March 13 at Hooks Stadium.

    Johnson Tears Up Seminole Pitching

    Sophomore Ryan Johnson enjoyed an outstanding weekend at the plate going 7-for-11 (.636) with a double and three RBI. Johnson has picked up his average since becoming the regular right fielder on March 14.

    The Laguna Hills, Calif., native started six of the team,s first 17 games and batted a respectable .274. Since then, however, Johnson has started 11 out of 12 games and hit .412.

    In the Florida State series, Johnson also moved up in the batting order. He hit sixth on Friday, fifth on Saturday and cleanup on Sunday.

    Sullivan Goes Back-To-Back

    Two weeks ago, Wake Forest senior All-American Cory Sullivan shared ACC Player of the Week honors for his performance with the bat. Last week, Sullivan picked up conference honors for his pitching performance as he was named ACC Pitcher of the Week.

    Sullivan pitched a complete game win against 10th-ranked Clemson on March 24. He allowed just one earned run and struck out five Tigers. It was Sullivan,s second career start and fifth appearance on the mound.

    Sullivan is hitting a league-leading .509 against conference foes to go with an ACC-best 1.61 ERA. Sullivan ranks fourth on the Wake Forest batting average chart (.385), behind Billy Masse and Jon Palmieri, who were first team All-Americans, and Bill Merrifield, a two-time ACC Player of the Year.

    Hitting Well Is A Team Thing

    One of the reasons for Wake Forest,s early success is no single player has been carrying the load at the plate. Heading into the Florida State series, seven Deacon regulars are hitting .320 or better, led by Cory Sullivan,s .405 average.

    Ryan Johnson (.393), Jamie D,Antona (.342), Jamie Athas (.339), Nick Blue (.326), Stephen Ghutzman (.321) and Carlos Brackley (.321) are all above the mark.

    Before the FSU weekend, Corey Slavik and Steve LeFaivre were in that category but have slipped to .306 and .304, respectively.



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