No. 10 Wake Baseball Hosts ACC Foe Maryland
Deacons battle Terrapins in three-game series this weekend.
April 20, 2000
NO. 10 DEMON DEACONS HOST TERRAPINS IN ACC SERIES
The 10th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons will host the Maryland
Terrapins this weekend in a three-game ACC series at Hooks Stadium. Wake
comes into the weekend with a record of 33-12-1 overall and 12-6 in the
ACC. The Deacs lost two-of-three games at then-sixth-ranked Clemson last
weekend. Maryland heads into the weekend with a record of 15-25 overall and
0-12 in conference play. Last weekend, the Terps were swept in a three-game
series at North Carolina.
A GLANCE AT THE DEMON DEACONS
Wake Forest junior center fielder Cory Sullivan, .388-5-39, leads
the team in hitting. Sullivan leads the team in hits with 80, and is second
in doubles with 17. Sullivan is second on the team in stolen bases with 12
in 18 attempts.
Junior catcher Dan Conway, .328-13-50, leads the team and is tied
for the ACC lead in home runs so far this season with 13. Conway has the
highest slugging percentage on the team at .639.
Junior 1B/DH Danny Borrell, .318-10-49, is second on the team in
RBI and is currently second in home runs. Borrell, who also pitches for the
Deacs, has started 45 of the Deacons' 46 games this season.
Wake Forest's junior infield trio of short stop Chase Voshell,
.342-2-48, second baseman Jason Aquilante, .316-2-29, and third-baseman
Corey Slavik, .318-7-52, are mainstays in the lineup. Voshell has been
playing at DH lately because of soreness in his shoulder.
The outfield is anchored in the middle by Sullivan, and in left
field by senior Stephen Sullivan, .306-0-10. Righty Carlos Brackley,
.287-6-25 has been a fixture in right field lately. Lefty Ryan Johnson,
.295-2-10 has seen time in right field and Matt Price, .267-5-22, has seen
time in left field, while versatile sophomore Jamie Athas, .320-2-21, has
played DH, first base, second base and short stop while Voshell has been
nursing a sore shoulder. Ricky Mendez, .293-0-17, has shared time at first
base with Athas this season.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Senior right-hander Eric Schmitt (6-0, 2.81 ERA) is scheduled to
start the weekend's first game on Friday. 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 an impressive 6-0 so far this season. He has started seven of the 12
games he has appeared in. In his last appearance, Schmitt allowed just one
earned run in seven innings to pick up his sixth win of the season at
Clemson. Schmitt holds a 23-2 career record at Wake Forest.
Junior right-hander Scott Siemon (8-1, 2.69 ERA) is the scheduled
starter for the middle game on Saturday. Siemon has started 12 games so
far this season. He is third on the team in strike outs with 50. In his
time at Wake Forest, Siemon has compiled a career record of
The starter on Sunday will be either junior left-hander Danny
Borrell (4-1, 7.01 ERA) or freshman right hander Ryan Braun (2-1, 2.68
ERA). Since suffering a hand injury at N.C. State, Borrell has slowly
returned to the regular rotation. In his last start, against Appalachian
State, Borrell pitched six innings, giving up three runs on three hits and
striking out eight batters to pick up his fourth win of the season. Braun,
mainly a relief pitcher, has started one of the 16 games he has appeared
in. Opponents are hitting just .206 against him.
THE SERIES VERSUS THE TERRAPINS
Since the forming of the ACC in 1954, Wake Forest leads the
all-time series with Maryland 68-43-1. The Deacs have won the last 12 in a
row against the Terps, including a three-game sweep at Maryland last
season. The last Maryland victory in the series came on April 27, 1996, a
5-4 win for the Terrapins.
DEACS DROP 2-OF-3 AT CLEMSON
Wake Forest dropped two of the three games at Clemson last weekend.
The team played two games on Saturday after Friday's game was rained out.
The first game on Saturday went 12 innings, with the Tigers coming out on
top 6-5. The day's second game was close as well with Clemson winning 5-4.
The Deacs captured the Sunday game behind an impressive pitching
performance from senior Eric Schmitt. Schmitt pitched seven innings, giving
up only one earned run and striking out eight batters to pick up his sixth
win of the year and run his record to 6-0 on the season.
The Wake Forest baseball team is currently on a streak of 148
consecutive games without being shut out. The last time Wake was shut out
was on March 24, 1998 when the UNC Charlotte 49ers defeated the Deacs 7-0
at Hooks Stadium.
AQUILANTE SETS CAREER RECORD
To lead off the fourth inning in Wake Forest's 2-0 win at UNC
Greensboro on Tuesday, April 11, second baseman Jason Aquilante was hit by
a pitch for the 23rd time in his career. With that, Aquilante set a new
Wake Forest career record. The previous record holder was Mark Melito with
22. Aquilante also holds the single season record in this category with 12
set in the 1999 season.
CORY SULLIVAN, ON FIRE AT THE PLATE
Junior center fielder Cory Sullivan, who currently leads the team
with a .388 batting average, has hit safely in 11 consecutive games and 15
of the last 16 games. He is second on the team in doubles with 17.
Last weekend against Clemson, Sullivan was 7-for-16 (.438).
Sullivan also leads the team with a .452 on-base percentage.
BORRELL HAS BIG SERIES AT CLEMSON
Although Wake lost two of the three games at Clemson over the
weekend, junior 1B/DH Danny Borrell had an outstanding series. Borrell hit
.600 for the series, getting a hit in six of his 10 at-bats. For the week,
Borrell was 10-of-18 for a .555 average. Borrell is currently fourth on the
team in hitting with a .329 average and is second on the team in home runs
with 10 and fourth in RBI with 47.
THE PROVIDENCE CONNECTION
When Providence College decided to cut its baseball program after
last season, the Providence program's loss was Wake Forest's gain. All
three of the Deacs' Providence transfers, Dan Conway, Jamie Athas and Ryan
Lewis, have contributed to Wake's success so far this season. Conway leads
the team in home runs and is second in RBI. Athas has started 33 of the 41
games he has played in. He is batting .320 with two home runs and 21 RBI.
Lewis, a relief pitcher, has seen action in 14 games and has a 4.42 ERA.
SCHMITT EARNS PITCHER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Senior right-hander Eric Schmitt has earned ACC Pitcher of the Week
honors for his performances against UNC Greensboro and Clemson last week.
Schmitt earned two wins and pitched 13 innings in his two starts last week.
He gave up only one earned run on seven hits in the two games. Schmitt
shares the Pitcher of the Week honor with Clemson's Nick Glaser.
Wake Forest was well represented in Baseball America's 2000 College
Preview issue. Junior Chase Voshell was named the preseason all-ACC
shortstop and junior Danny Borrell was tabbed the all-ACC utility player.
Additionally, Borrell was listed as the ACC's 5th best prospect for the
upcoming 2000 Major League Baseball draft while Voshell was listed at the
6th best prospect.
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
The Demon Deacons were predicted to finish fourth in the Atlantic
Coast Conference race this spring, according to the league's nine head
coaches. Head coach George Greer's squad earned 53 points in the poll,
picking up one first place vote.
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
Spanning the 1998 and 1999 seasons, Wake Forest has been impressive
against ACC opponents. The Demon Deacons have 39 wins over ACC clubs
(including regular season and tournament games), second among all ACC
schools behind only Florida State's 46 wins. And during those seasons, the
ACC has been rated as the nation's top conference by the RPI.
ACC Wins since 1998*
|1. Florida State||56|
|2. Wake Forest||51|
|4. Georgia Tech||38|
|5. NC State||37|
|6. North Carolina||35|
(*Includes regular season and tournament games)
HEAD COACH GEORGE GREER
The winningest coach in Wake Forest history in any sport, head
coach George Greer is now in his 13th season with the Demon Deacons. He
owns a record of 463-286-3 at Wake Forest, and has led the Deacs to 30 or
more wins in 11 of 12 seasons, including a school-record 47 wins last year.
Greer reached 400 victories at Wake Forest last season, and he became just
the 8th coach in ACC history to win that many games at a conference school.
A 26-year veteran of coaching, Greer has a 569-408-7 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.