Wake Hosts NC State Under The Lights

April 19, 2001

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Wake Forest returns to Winston-Salem to face ACC rival NC State for a three-game weekend series. The Friday and Saturday games will be staged at Ernie Shore Field at 7:00 p.m. Sunday's series finale against the Wolfpack will be held at Hooks Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

The Deacons return home after going 5-2 on a season-long five-city, seven-game road swing.

On the trip, Wake Forest made a charge in the conference standings, moving into a tie for second place with Clemson. The Demon Deacons did so by winning two of three at Georgia Tech.

NC State comes to town with a 23-18 overall record, 7-8 in the ACC. The Wolfpack have won three in a row since losing 7-5 at Maryland last Saturday.

Games 41-43
#23 Wake Forest (28-12) vs. NC State (23-18) April 20 7:00 p.m. / Ernie Shore Field April 21 7:00 p.m. / Ernie Shore Field April 22 1:30 p.m. / Hooks Stadium

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Sullivan Gets ACC Honors Again
Senior Cory Sullivan earned conference honors for the third time this season when he was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday.

Sullivan led the Demon Deacons to a 4-1 week by hitting 8-for-18 (.444) with three home runs, nine RBI, 12 runs and four stolen bases.

Sullivan's week was highlighted by a four-for-five day against Georgia Tech on Sunday with two home runs and a career-high six RBI. Scouting the Wolfpack

NC State has one of the conference's best power hitters in freshman Colt Morton. The catcher for the Pack has hit 11 home runs.

As a team, NC State is hitting .291. The team's top pitcher has been Jason Blanton. Blanton is 4-1 with a 3.77 ERA and 40 strikeouts in just 45.1 IP.

Greer Goes For 500 at Wake Forest
Head coach George Greer needs just one win to reach 500 at Wake Forest. He would become just the seventh coach in ACC history to reach the milestone while in the conference.

Two weeks ago, Greer got his 600th career victory, a 4-1 over victory over Virginia.

This is Greer's 14th season at Wake Forest with a record of 499-306-3, the most wins by any Deacon coach in history, regardless of sport.

Greer coached his 1,000th Division I game last season in the NCAA Tournament and owns a career record of 605-428-7 (.585).

Greer is the school's 23rd coach in the program's 87 season history. His 14-year tenure is the longest of any prior Wake Forest baseball coach.

Wake-State: The Series History
NC State owns the all-time series lead 84-40 since 1954 although the series has been fairly balanced with the current group of players.

Since 1998, the first season for this year's seniors, Wake Forest holds a 6-5 edge, including ACC Tournament wins in 1998 and 1999 as the Deacons marched to back-to-back conference titles.

Deacons Make Baseball America Watch List
Two Demon Deacons, Jamie D'Antona and Cory Sullivan, were identified by Baseball America as players most deserving of All-America honors.

The publication broke down the positions by class and ranked Sullivan as one of the three best senior outfielders in the country.

D'Antona was tabbed as America's best freshman first baseman.

Deacons Guilty of Petty Theft
Wake Forest, not traditionally known as a running team, has been stealing bases at an unprecedented rate. In the month of April, a stretch of 12 games, the Stealin' Deacons have swiped 33 bases in 34 attempts.

Bush Becomes All-Time Saves Leader
With a save on Saturday at Georgia Tech, junior Dave Bush picked up number 18 for his career, passing Keith Ksansnak as Wake Forest's all-time saves leader.

Bush, who earlier this year became Wake Forest's all-time leader in appearances, got save number ten on the season at UNC Greensboro on Tuesday. He is within reach of the school's single season record of 14 held by Buddy Jenkins.

NCAA Tournament Projections
The NCAA Tournament is just over a month away and the predictions have started to roll in, led by Baseball America. The publication has Wake Forest as a two-seed in Notre Dame's subregional in South Bend.

Four ACC teams are expected to make the field and BA's projected 64-team field includes eight teams from Wake Forest's 2001 schedule. Three Deacons Nominated For All-America Honors From Writers' Association

Three Wake Forest players are receiving All-America consideration by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association of America. They are:

* Cory Sullivan, senior outfielder/pitcher
(.388 / 66 hits / 7 HR / 42 RBI / 19 SB / 3-0, 3.68 ERA) Sullivan has done just about everything for Wake Forest. Against ACC competition, Sullivan leads the conference in the following categories:
RBI, hits, runs and stolen bases. He is second in batting average and home runs.

Sullivan's best game at the plate came at Georgia Tech, going four-for-five with two HR and six RBI.

But perhaps his signature game of the season was on March 24 against 10th-ranked Clemson when he pitched complete game win, allowing one earned run while going three-for-five with three RBI.

* Dave Bush, junior reliever
(10 saves / 2-3, 3.57 ERA / 45.1 IP / 54 K / .226 OBA)

Bush has been Wake Forest's ace reliever for the last three seasons but has really come into his own in 2001. His ten saves tie for the league lead and rank in the top five in the NCAA.

Bush has struck out the side six times, an incredible stat for a pitcher who has thrown just 45.1 innings. He has dominated some of the country's best hitters, including Florida State's John-Ford Griffin who was 0-2 against Bush after striking out swinging, grounding into a 3-6-3 double play and an intentional walk.

* Jamie D'Antona, freshman first baseman
(.348 / 10 HR / 49 RBI / 57 hits / 16 BB / .579 Slg. %)

D'Antona immediately stepped into the Wake Forest lineup and made an impact. He has started each of the team's 40 games at first base.

His 49 runs batted in are best among the nation's first basemen as of April 19. His 10 home runs are tied for fourth. His is underrated defensively with a .992 fielding percentage. Baseball America calls him the country's best freshman first baseman.

The Demon Deacons At Ernie Shore Field

Historic Ernie Shore Field, home of the Carolina League's Winston-Salem Warthogs, has been the setting for some of the most memorable moments in Wake Forest baseball history.

In 1999, the Demon Deacons hosted its first ever NCAA Regional at Ernie Shore. Wake Forest earned an automatic bid after winning the ACC Tournament.

In the regional, the Deacons hammered Siena and Richmond to advance to Miami where Wake's College World Series dreams were washed away by the Hurricanes.

A Note From the Scheduling Department
Wake Forest has weathered the storm as far as the schedule goes. On paper, the toughest stretch of the 2001 slate has come and gone. Between March 21 and April 1, Wake Forest played seven games against ranked opponents, four of which came on the road. The Demon Deacons went 1-6 during that span.

Wake Forest has played 13 games against ranked opponents, the most of any ACC team. The remaining regular season schedule lists 10 games. Of those five opponents, none of those teams are ranked and none have a winning record.

From Beach Balls To Golf Balls
Last week, the Deacons scored a total of 75 runs during a five-game stretch at Virginia Tech, Appalachian State and at Georgia Tech.

In that span, averaged 15 runs and 15 hits per game and hit .371 as a team.

It looks like the beach balls the Deacons were hitting have turned to golf balls.

Wake Forest set a new season low five hits at UNC Greensboro on Tuesday, but held on for a 5-4 win. A day later, the Deacons tied their low-mark with five hits but scored just one run in a 3-1, 10-inning loss at High Point.

Wake Forest struck out 26 times in two days and hit just .149 as a team. The Deacons totaled just six runs in those two games. By comparison, Wake Forest has scored six runs in a game 26 times this season.

 

 

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