Baseball Falls to Wake Forest
April 18, 1998
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the bases loaded, Wake Forest's Cory Slavik struck out but the third strike pitch was wild and allowed Ben Danosky to score from third and give the Demon Deacons a 5-4 win over Maryland in ACC baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Hooks Stadium.
Wake has taken two games in the three-game series and improves to 28-16 and 9-10 in the ACC while the Terrapins fall to 18-21-1 and 3-13 in the ACC.
Jeremy Ward (6-7) pitched 2.2 innings of relief for starter Eric Schmitt and earned the win. Ward struck out three while only giving up one hit and a walk. Jared Vogt (1-2) took the loss for Maryland.
The two teams entered the bottom of the ninth with the score tied at four. Pinch hitter Jason Aquilante led off the inning with a single but was picked off first base by Vogt. The next batter, Scott Daeley, connected on a single to left field. Maryland brought in Mike Ginsberg to relieve Vogt and face Wake's next batter, Danosky.
Daeley stole second and stole third while Maryland was intentionally walking Danosky. The Deacons leading hitter, Jon Palmieri, came to the plate with runners on first and third and one out. Maryland opted to walk Palmieri, a .400 plus hitter, to load the bases and set up a force out situation at every base.
The strategy appeared to work when Stephen Sullivan, batting .239, hit a bouncer right back to Ginsberg who threw to catcher Mike Sturino to force Daeley out at home. However, Sturino's throw to first for the double play bounced in front of first baseman Jason Schlegel and allowed Sullivan to reach base on the fielder's choice and keep the inning alive.
Slavik followed with a strike out but the pitch got away from Sturino. Sturino chased the ball down and threw to Ginsberg who tried to apply a tag to a sliding Danosky. Danosky was safe since Ginsberg missed him on the tag and the pitcher failed to step on the plate for the force out.
Maryland scored first in the game with a run in the top of the first inning. Wake Forest evened the score in the bottom of the inning on a Danosky solo home run to right center field. It was the junior's second home run of the series.
The Deacons added a run in the third inning and two runs in the fourth inning to give Wake a 4-1 advantage.
Maryland responded with a solo run in the sixth and two runs in the seventh inning. In that inning, the Terps scored their third run of the game on a wild pitch by Ward with the bases loaded that plated J.R. Thomas. Maryland tied the game on a Chris Blue sacrifice fly to right field that scored Jason Mohap.
The two teams will conclude their ACC series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Hooks Stadium. The Wake Forest baseball team will hold a clinic for youngsters age 16 and under immediately following the game. For more information on the clinic contact the Wake Forest marketing office at 758-6042.