Wake Forest Releases 2009 Baseball Schedule

Deacons to play 33 home games in 2009

Rick Rembielak released the 2009 Wake Forest baseball schedule on Thursday.

Rick Rembielak released the 2009 Wake Forest baseball schedule on Thursday.

Oct. 2, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Thirty-three home games and 22 games against teams that competed in the 2008 NCAA Tournament highlight the 2009 Wake Forest baseball schedule, released on Thursday by head coach Rick Rembielak.

The 2009 season marks the return of Wake Forest baseball to Ernie Shore Field. The Deacons played at Ernie Shore before moving to Hooks Stadium for the last 28 years. The Deacs will play 33 home contests at Ernie Shore. Wake last played a game at Ernie Shore in the 2002 season, when the Deacs hosted a NCAA Regional.

Wake Forest will make two appearances on television during the 2009 regular season. Wake's contests at Duke on March 28 and at Virginia Tech on April 4 will be shown on Fox Sports South.

The Deacons will host the Wake Forest Invitational during the first two weekends of the season. Wake Forest plays its first game at Ernie Shore Field on Friday, February 20, hosting Akron at 6 p.m. The Deacons play a pair of games on the February 21, facing Akron at 2:30 p.m., before battling Old Dominion at 6 p.m. Wake closes out the first weekend against Marshall on February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

After a midweek game with Appalachian State on February 24, the second weekend of the Wake Forest Invitational brings Miami (Ohio), Fairleigh Dickinson and William & Mary to Winston-Salem. Wake faces Miami (Ohio) on February 27 and on February 28. The Deacons will also face Fairleigh Dickinson on February 28, and close out the weekend against William & Mary on March 1.

"The first two weekends of the season will be exciting with us opening up Ernie Shore Field and hosting a home tournament," Rembielak said. "This will give us a chance to play different teams instead of playing the same team in four games."

Other non-conference home opponents include 2008 NCAA Tournament participants UNC Wilmington, Elon, Coastal Carolina and Charlotte. The Deacons will also host High Point, Winthrop, UNC Greensboro, USC Upstate and Davidson in non-ACC matchups.

Road non-conference games include return trips to Elon, Winthrop, Appalachian State, Davidson, Charlotte, UNC Greensboro, High Point and Coastal Carolina.

The Deacons open Atlantic Coast Conference play on March 6, hosting Virginia for a three-game series. Wake Forest defeated Virginia, a 2008 NCAA Tournament team, in the final game of the ACC Tournament to close out the 2008 season.

Wake Forest will host four other ACC series in 2009, welcoming NC State, Boston College, Georgia Tech and 2008 College World Series participant Miami to Ernie Shore Field.

"We have some really quality teams coming in for our home conference schedule this year," Rembielak said. "Miami advanced to the College World Series last season. Georgia Tech is coming up here for the first time since 2004, so it should be an exciting home ACC schedule."

Wake Forest hits the road for the first time in conference play on March 13, traveling to Clemson for a three-game weekend series. The Deacons and Tigers met last year in Winston-Salem, with Wake Forest taking two out of three in the series.

Other road conference series in the 2009 season include trips to Duke, Virginia Tech, 2008 College World Series participant Florida State and Maryland.

"All of the trips in the conference are difficult ones," Rembielak added. "Clemson and Florida State will be two extremely tough series on the road."

The Deacons will not face North Carolina during the 2009 regular season for the second straight season.

The 2009 ACC Tournament will take place May 20-24 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. Durham has been a friendly site for the Wake Forest baseball team as the Deacons won back-to-back ACC Tournament Championships in Durham in 1998 and 1999.

"We're excited to have the ACC Tournament in Durham this season," Rembielak said. "It's closer to home and they have a great facility there. Durham has proven in the past that they can host a very good tournament."

The NCAA Regionals will occur May 29-31 and the Super Regionals will be held from June 5-7, both taking place at various campus sites throughout the country. The 63rd College World Series will be held at legendary Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Neb., from June 13-24.


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