Baseball Prepares For Clemson
April 12, 2000
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 11th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons will travel to Clemson, SC this weekend for a three-game ACC series with the sixth-ranked Clemson Tigers. Wake enters the weekend with a record of 31-9-1 overall and 11-4 in ACC play. Last weekend, the Deacs swept the North Carolina Tar Heels in a three games at Hooks Stadium. Clemson enters the weekend with a record of 29-8 overall and 6-3 in league play. The Tigers won two-of-three at home against N.C. State last weekend.
A GLANCE AT THE DEMON DEACONS
Junior catcher Dan Conway, .321-12-46, leads the team and the ACC in home runs so far this season with 12. Conway has the highest slugging percentage on the team at .654.
Junior 1B/DH Danny Borrell, .312-9-45, is tied for third on the team in RBI and is currently second in home runs. Borrell, who also pitches for the Deacs, has started all 41 games this season.
The outfield is anchored in the middle by Sullivan, and in left field by junior Matt Price, .278-5-22. Righty Carlos Brackley, .302-6-23 and lefty Ryan Johnson, .254-2-7 platoon in right field. Stephen Sullivan,.322-0-10 , has also seen time in left field, while versatile sophomore Jamie Athas, .321-2-20, has seen time at DH, first base, second base and short stop. Ricky Mendez, .278-0-16, has shared time at first base with Athas this season.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Junior left-hander Danny Borrell (3-1, 7.29 ERA) will start the weekend's second game on Saturday. Since suffering a hand injury at N.C. State, Borrell has slowly returned to the regular rotation. In his last start, against North Carolina, Borrell pitched six innings, giving up just three runs on seven hits.
Senior right-hander Eric Schmitt (5-0, 3.05 ERA) is scheduled to start the final game of the weekend on Sunday. Schmitt made his return earlier this season after missing part of the 1999 season because of a small tear in his elbow ligaments. After making a few appearances in relief, Schmitt has wins over Liberty, Virginia Tech, Columbia, Duke and UNC Greensboro so far this season. In his last appearance, Schmitt allowed no runs in six innings to pick up his fifth win of the season at UNC Greensboro. Schmitt holds a 22-2 career record at Wake Forest.
THE SERIES VERSUS THE TIGERS
CONWAY BRINGS POWER SURGE FROM PROVIDENCE
Conway was also tied for sixth in the conference in RBI with teammate Chase Voshell with 44.
AQUILANTE SETS CAREER RECORD
CORY SULLIVAN, ON FIRE AT THE PLATE
Last weekend against North Carolina, Sullivan was 7-for-11 (.636). In his last outing, at Virginia Tech, Sullivan belted his fifth home run of the season and went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
DEACS WIN 11 STRAIGHT
THE PROVIDENCE CONNECTION
DEACONS GAIN SWEEP OF TAR HEELS
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 since 1998*
HEAD COACH GEORGE GREER
A 26-year veteran of coaching, Greer has a 567-405-7 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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