Wake Forest Baseball Visits Maryland
April 26, 2001
#21 Wake Forest (32-14, 14-7)
Maryland (13-28, 3-14)
Shipley Field in College Park, Md.
April 27 7:00 p.m.
Deacons To Finish ACC Slate At Maryland
Entering the weekend, the Deacons are in second but with so many games to be played, Wake's final regular season position is up in the air.
Shooting For Second
The Demon Deacons (14-7) and Clemson (10-5) have the same winning percentage but Wake is in second place by virtue of being fewer games back of Florida State. Georgia Tech (10-8) resides in fourth place.
Wake Forest only has one remaining conference series, this weekend at ninth-place Maryland. Clemson still has nine games to go including North Carolina, NC State and Virginia. If the Deacons win the series at Maryland by taking two of three, Clemson would have to win six of its final nine.
Bush doesn't fit the traditional mold of a closer as he is second on the team in innings and first in strikeouts. Several times this season, Bush has been called upon in the seventh, or even the sixth inning. He leads the ACC in appearances, strikeouts per nine and of course, saves.
Bush is Wake Forest's all-time leader in saves and appearances.
Deacs-Terps: The Series History
In his 14 years with Wake Forest, George Greer has a 36-7 mark against the Terps, the best record of any ACC foe. That includes a 16-4 record in College Park.
In 1999, the team's last trip to Maryland, the Deacons came away with a convincing three-game sweep. Wake Forest outscored Maryland 33-11.
The Class of 2001 holds a 7-2 edge in the series since 1998 but Maryland took two of three from Wake Forest in Winston-Salem last season.
Scott Siemon has an impressive history against Maryland. (more on that later in this release)
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.
Siemon Owns Maryland
Those wins came as a sophomore and a junior. He has allowed 11 hits in those 16 innings with seven strikeouts and five walks.
Greer Gets 500 at Wake Forest
This is Greer's 14th season at Wake Forest with a record of 503-308-3. His overall record is 609-430-7 in 20 seasons as a head coach, including six at Davidson.
Greer coached his 1,000th Division I game last season in the NCAA Tournament.
Deacons Guilty of Petty Theft
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.
A Note From the Scheduling Department
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 six games. Of those four opponents, none of those teams are ranked and none have a winning record.
. . . And We're Back
Glad To Be Back In The ACC
The last time the Demon Deacons dropped three in a row outside the league, the Yankees were the scrambling to get out of the AL East basement, Arsenio Hall was still on the air, George Bush was President. The first George Bush.
The year was 1991. That's when the Demon Deacons opened the season by losing three straight the Georgia, the last time Wake Forest lost three straight non-conference games.
208 Games Later . . .
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 struck out the side six times, an incredible stat for a pitcher who has thrown just 53.0 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
His 10 HR and 52 RBI are among the nation's top first basemen. He is
is underrated defensively with a .992 fielding percentage. Baseball
America calls him the country's best freshman first baseman.
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