Fall Report: Wake Forest

Fall Report

ELON, N.C. — Wake Forest led the ACC and ranked 12th nationally in scoring last year (7.8 runs per game), but the Demon Deacons finished dead-last in the conference and 240th in the country in ERA (5.89).

“So it’s not hard to figure out where we fell short last year,” Wake coach Tom Walter said.

The Deacs still got themselves close to at-large territory, going 14-16 in the ACC, but they failed to live up to their preseason Top 25 billing because a couple of the big arms they were counting upon just couldn’t get on track. Part of that was surely do to the unfortunate timing of a change at pitching coach, as John Hendricks took over for Matt Hobbs (who left for Arkansas) in the middle of winter, so Hendricks and the pitchers did not get a chance to get together over the fall.

Now Hendricks has had a full spring, summer and fall to implement his system, and he’s got a bevy of very good arms to work with. So there’s reason to believe Wake Forest will be dramatically improved on the mound this year, to go with an offense that returns seven regulars and should be one of the nation’s very best. …

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