Wake Baseball Takes On Seton Hall In NCAA First Round
May 23, 2000
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest Demon Deacons will take on the Seton Hall Pirates in the first round of the NCAA Columbia, SC Regional on Friday, May 26. Seton Hall is 40-16 overall this season. The Deacs come in with a record of 39-18-1.
A GLANCE AT THE DEMON DEACONS
Junior catcher Dan Conway (.333-14-56) leads the team and is second in the ACC in home runs so far this season with 14. Conway has the highest slugging percentage on the team at .623.
Junior 1B/DH/RF Danny Borrell (.308-12-56) is tied for the team lead in RBI and is currently second in home runs. Borrell, who also pitches for the Deacs, has started 57 of the Deacons' 58 games this season.
Wake Forest's junior infield duo of second baseman Jason Aquilante (.291-2-32) and short stop Chase Voshell (.333-3-54) are mainstays in the lineup. Jamie Athas (.309-2-29) has taken over for the injured Corey Slavik (.320-8-55) at third base.
The outfield is anchored in the middle by Sullivan, and in left field by Matt Price (.279-7-36). Righty Carlos Brackley (.306-10-40) and lefty Ryan Johnson (.295-2-15) have shared time in right field. Senior Stephen Sullivan (.322-0-12) has seen time in left field as well. Ricky Mendez (.275-1-21) has shared time at first base with Athas and Borrell this season.
PROBABLE PITCHING ROTATION
Senior right-hander Eric Schmitt (6-0, 2.53 ERA) is scheduled to start Wake's second game in the tournament. Schmitt returned this year from last season's season-ending injury. He did not pitch in the Georgia Tech series. Schmitt pitched eight innings, giving up just one hit over eight innings in the Friday game against Maryland.
WAKE VERSUS THE REGIONAL FIELD
Since 1954, Wake Forest owns a 23-19 all-time record against South Carolina. The Gamecocks have won the last eight meetings, though the teams have not met since 1977.
The Deacs own a 14-3-1 all-time record against Liberty. The two teams have played twice this season with each team winning on its home field. Wake defeated Liberty 9-7 on Feb. 19, at Hooks Stadium, and Liberty returned the favor by downing Wake 7-5 on March 23 in Lynchburg.
Wake Forest and Seton Hall have never met in baseball.
WAKE MAKES NCAA FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR
This season also marks the eighth time overall that Wake has made the NCAA Tournament. The Deacs were in the NCAAs in 1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1977, 1998 and 1999. In 1955, Wake won the College World Series. The Deacons are the only team in the history of the ACC to win the World Series.
WFU IN ELITE COMPANY
AQUILANTE SETS CAREER RECORD
WAKE FALLS IN ACC QUARTERFINALS
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 575-414-7 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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