Deacons Eliminated from NCAA Play

May 24, 1998

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Wake Forest baseball team's best season in 21 years ended here Sunday as the Demon Deacons were eliminated from the NCAA South Regional by Illinois in a 13-4 loss. Coach George Greer's squad, which achieved national attention with its upset of Florida State last week in the ACC Championship game, thereby completes its 1998 campaign with a 43-23 overall record, six more wins than any previous Wake Forest team.

Wake Forest had been two wins away from a trip to Omaha for the College World Series before being defeated by top-seeded Florida on Saturday night. The Gators and Illini will now play Sunday evening for the South Region's bid to the national championship tournament.

Illinois took command of Sunday's game early with seven runs in the first inning. Freshman pitcher Danny Borrell, who had pitched that memorable championship game win over FSU one week ago, could not repeat that feat against the hard-hitting regular season Big Ten champions. Illinois eventually led 9-0 before Wake rallied behind a two-run single by Ben Danosky to cut the deficit to 9-3 in the third. That would be as close as the Deacs could get, however.


 

 

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