Wake Hosts NC State Under The Lights
April 19, 2001
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.
Sullivan Gets ACC Honors Again
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
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
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.
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
Bush Becomes 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
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
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
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
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 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
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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