No. 10 Wake Baseball Hosts ACC Foe Maryland

April 20, 2000

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.

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.

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 20-3.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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 State56
2. Wake Forest51
3. Clemson38
4. Georgia Tech38
5. NC State37
6. North Carolina35
7. Virginia19
8. Duke17
9. Maryland13

(*Includes regular season and tournament games)

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.



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