Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team represents Wake Forest University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The program competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). They won the 1955 College World Series. They are coached by Tom Walter.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons
2023 Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team
Founded1891; 128 years ago
Overall record2167–1638–28
UniversityWake Forest University
Head coachTom Walter (14th season)
ConferenceACC
Atlantic Division
LocationWinston-Salem, North Carolina
Home stadiumDavid F. Couch Ballpark
(Capacity: 3,823)
NicknameDemon Deacons
ColorsOld gold and black[1]
   
NCAA Tournament champions
1955
College World Series runner-up
1949
College World Series appearances
1949, 1955
NCAA regional champions
1999, 2017
NCAA Tournament appearances
1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1977, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2022
Conference tournament champions
Atlantic Coast Conference: 1962, 1963, 1977, 1998, 1999, 2001
Regular season conference champions
Southern Conference : 1949

History

The Demon Deacon program began play in 1891.

The Demon Deacons represented the United States in baseball at the 1951 Pan American Games, winning the silver medal.[2][3] In 1955, the Demon Deacons defeated Western Michigan in the 1955 College World Series, led by coach Taylor Sanford.[4] In 1977, Outfielder Kenny Baker became the first Demon Deacon to win ACC Player of the Year.[5]

The Demon Deacons has been crowned ACC Tournament champions four times: 1977, 1998, 1999, and 2001. In 2010, Tom Walter was hired as Wake Forest's new head coach.

David F. Couch Ballpark

David F. Couch Ballpark, formally named Ernie Shore Field

On October 31, 2007, Wake Forest University bought Ernie Shore Field for $5.5 million, paying that money upfront.[6] Starting in 2009, home games have been played at Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park. The Demon Deacons' former home, Gene Hooks Stadium, was demolished following the university's purchase of Ernie Shore Field, which has since been renamed Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park.[7] In February 2016, the Wake Forest ballpark was renamed David F. Couch Ballpark in honoring former Demon Deacon baseball player David Couch.[8]

Individual awards

ACC Player of the Year

  • Kenny Baker (1977)[9]
  • Brick Smith (1981)[10]
  • Bill Merrifield (1982, 1983)[11]
  • Jamie D'Antona (2003)[12]
  • Will Craig (2015)[13]
  • Bobby Seymour (2019)[14]

ACC Coach of the Year

  • Marvin Carter (1982)
  • George Greer (2002)[15]

ACC Rookie of the Year

  • Jamie D'Antona (2001)
  • Allan Dykstra (2006)

College Baseball Hall of Fame

In 2010, Charlie Teague became the first and only former Demon Deacon elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame.[16]

Year Player Position
2010Charlie Teague2B

Championships

NCAA College World Series Championships

Year Coach Record Result
1955Taylor Sanford24–6Defeated Western Michigan, 7–6<

Conference Champions

Year Coach Record Result
1949SoCon27–2Taylor Sanford

Conference Tournament Champions

SeasonConferenceVenueHead Coach
1977ACCDoug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, South CarolinaMarvin Carter
1998ACCDurham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North CarolinaGeorge Greer
1999ACCDurham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North CarolinaGeorge Greer
2001ACCKnights Stadium, Fort Mill, South CarolinaGeorge Greer

Current and former major league players

  • Morrie Aderholt
  • Gair Allie
  • Matt Antonelli
  • Ross Atkins
  • Junie Barnes
  • Ryan Braun, pitcher
  • Mike Buddie
  • Dave Bush
  • Tommy Byrne
  • Rip Coleman
  • Tim Cooney
  • Will Craig
  • Jamie D'Antona
  • Sean DePaula
  • Bill Dillman
  • Stuart Fairchild
  • John Gaddy
  • Chris Getz
  • Lee Gooch
  • Tommy Gregg
  • Erik Hanson
  • Kevin Jarvis
  • Tom Lanning
  • Buddy Lewis
  • Mike MacDougal
  • Willard Marshall
  • Jack Meyer
  • Doyt Morris
  • Dick Newsome
  • Charlie Ripple
  • Griffin Roberts
  • Craig Robinson
  • Ray Scarborough
  • Gavin Sheets
  • Elmer Sexauer
  • Brick Smith
  • Vic Sorrell
  • Cory Sullivan
  • Mac Williamson
  • Larry Woodall
  • Bill Wynne
  • Eddie Yount
Source: [17]

2012 MLB Draft

Six Demon Deacons were selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft: OF Mac Williamson by the San Francisco Giants (3rd Round), LHP Tim Cooney by the St. Louis Cardinals (3rd Round), 3B Carlos Lopez by Washington Nationals (12th Round), RHP Brian Holmes by the Houston Astros (13th round), SS Pat Blair by the Houston Astros (24th round), and RHP Michael Dimock also by the Houston Astros.[18]

2016 MLB Draft

Only one Demon Deacon was selected in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft: 3B Will Craig by the Pittsburgh Pirates (1st round;Pick 22).[19]

2017 MLB Draft

In 2017, Eight Wake Forest Demon Deacons were selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft: OF Stuart Fairchild by the Cincinnati Reds (2nd round), 1B Gavin Sheets by the Chicago White Sox (2nd round), RHP Parker Dunshee by the Oakland Athletics (7th round), C Ben Breazeale by the Baltimore Orioles (7th round), RHP Donnie Sellers by the Toronto Blue Jays (11th round), OF Jonathan Pryor by the Washington Nationals (19th round), RHP Connor Johnstone by the Atlanta Braves (21st round), and RHP Griffin Roberts by the Minnesota Twins (29th round) which set a program record and the most in the ACC.[20]

World Series Champions

Only four former Demon Deacons have gone on to win the World Series with their respective teams.

Player Position Team Number of Championships
Rip Coleman P New York Yankees 1
Vic Sorrell P Detroit Tigers 1
Ray Scarborough P New York Yankees 1
Tommy Byrne P New York Yankees 2

See also

Further reading

  • "Baseball coach donates kidney to player". Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC (FOXSports.com). Associated Press. February 8, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-09.

References

  1. "Logos & Branding – Wake Forest University". November 24, 2019. Retrieved December 20, 2019.
  2. "Wake Forest Accepts Offers To Play In Argentina Test". The News & Observer. Raleigh, North Carolina. AP. February 6, 1951. p. 13. Retrieved December 24, 2021 via newspapers.com.
  3. "Demon Deacons In Tie For Second Place". Rocky Mount Telegram. Rocky Mount, North Carolina. AP. March 7, 1951. p. 10. Retrieved December 24, 2021 via newspapers.com.
  4. "A Look Back: McGinley and the 1955 CWS". www.godeacs.com. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  5. "ACC Honors" (PDF). www.godeacs.com. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  6. www.bizjournals.com https://www.bizjournals.com/triad/stories/2007/10/29/daily21.html. Retrieved 2022-12-28. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. Hools Field
  8. "Ballpark named for David F. Couch". www.godeacs.com. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  9. Collins, Dan (May 19, 2016). "Wake Forest's best of the best". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  10. Collins, Dan (May 19, 2016). "Wake Forest's best of the best". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  11. Collins, Dan (May 19, 2016). "Wake Forest's best of the best". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  12. Collins, Dan (May 19, 2016). "Wake Forest's best of the best". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  13. "Will Craig honored as ACC player of the Year". GoDeacs.com. Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  14. "Seymour Picked as ACC Player of the Year". GoDeacs.com. Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  15. "Greer Voted ACC Coach of the Year". GoDeacs.com. Wake Forest Demon Deacons. May 27, 2002. Retrieved April 11, 2021.
  16. "Charles Teague Inducted into National College Baseball Hall of Fame". www.godeacs.com. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  17. "Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC) Baseball Players". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  18. Wright, Steven (June 7, 2012). "Deacons Make History in 2012 MLB Draft". Www.wakeforestsports.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  19. Berry, Adam (June 9, 2016). "Pirates select Wake Forest 3B Will Craig". MLB.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  20. "Program-record Eight Deacs selected in 2017 MLB Draft". Wakeforestsports.com. June 14, 2017. Archived from the original on July 30, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
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