Deacons Close Out Regular Season At Home
May 12, 2000
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The 14th-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons will take on the third-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a three-game ACC series this weekend at Hooks Stadium. The Deacons have taken the last two weekends off for finals. Earlier this week, Wake defeated High Point on Monday and Tuesday and Old Dominion on Wednesday.
Georgia Tech comes into the weekend with a record of 40-13 overall and 16-5 in the ACC. The Jackets have defeated Mercer (16-7) and East Tennessee State (10-6) so far this week.
A GLANCE AT THE DEMON DEACONS
Junior catcher Dan Conway (.345-14-53) leads the team and the ACC in home runs so far this season with 14. Conway has the highest slugging percentage on the team at .655.
Junior 1B/DH/RF Danny Borrell (.305-11-51) is tied for third on the team in RBI and is currently second in home runs. Borrell, who also pitches for the Deacs, has started 51 of the Deacons' 52 games this season.
Wake Forest's junior infield duo of second baseman Jason Aquilante (.296-2-30) and third-baseman Corey Slavik (.320-8-55) are mainstays in the lineup. Chase Voshell (.347-3-51) recently returned to his short stop position after being the DH for several games due to a shoulder injury.
The outfield is anchored in the middle by Sullivan, and in left field by Matt Price (.278-6-29). Righty Carlos Brackley (.292-8-32) and lefty Ryan Johnson (.306-2-15) have shared time in right field. Senior Stephen Sullivan (.316-0-11) has seen time in left field, while versatile sophomore Jamie Athas (.319-2-25) has played DH, first base, second base and short stop while Voshell was out with a sore shoulder. Ricky Mendez (.286-1-19) has shared time at first base with Athas and Borrell this season.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Red-shirt freshman right-hander Ryan Braun (3-2, 2.76 ERA) will start the middle game on Saturday. Braun has worked himself into the starting rotation for the final two ACC series of the season. He has earned three wins in relief, with two coming over North Carolina and the last against High Point.
Senior right-hander Eric Schmitt (6-0, 2.53 ERA) is scheduled to start the Sunday game of the series. Schmitt made his return earlier this season from an elbow injury and has since worked himself back into the regular rotation. Schmitt earned the Deacs only win in the series against Clemson and in his most recent start, he held Maryland to one hit over eight innings.
THE SERIES VERSUS GEORGIA TECH
CONWAY NAMED TEAM MVP
DEACS DROP 2-OF-3 IN LAST ACC SERIES
WAKE HAS SUCCESSFUL RETURN FROM BREAK
AQUILANTE SETS CAREER RECORD
CORY SULLIVAN, ON FIRE AT THE PLATE
Through he went hitless in the two games against High Point this week, Sullivan came back in the Old Dominion game, going 4-for-5 with three RBI and two home runs.
THE PROVIDENCE CONNECTION
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
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
ACC Wins since 1998*
(*Includes regular season and tournament games)
HEAD COACH GEORGE GREER
A 26-year veteran of coaching, Greer has a 573-410-7 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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