Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Baseball current event.svg 2020 Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team
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Founded1891; 128 years ago
Overall record2167–1638–28
University Wake Forest University
Head coach Tom Walter (11th season)
Conference ACC
Atlantic Division
Location Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Home stadium David F. Couch Ballpark
(Capacity: 3,823)
Nickname Demon 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
2017
NCAA Tournament appearances
1949, 1955, 1962, 1963, 1977, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009, 2016, 2017
Conference tournament champions
Atlantic Coast Conference: 1977, 1998, 1999, 2001
Conference champions
Southern Conference : 1949

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.

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History

The Demon Deacon program began play in 1891. In 1955, the Demon Deacons defeated Western Michigan in the 1955 College World Series, led by coach Taylor Sanford. [2] In 1977, Outfielder Kenny Baker became the first Demon Deacon to win ACC Player of the Year. [3] The Demon Deacons has been crowned ACC Tournament Champions 4 times from (1977, 1998, 1999, 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 Ernie Shore Field Sign.JPG
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. [4] 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. [5] In February 2016, the Wake Forest ballpark was renamed David F. Couch Ballpark in honoring former Demon Deacon baseball player David Couch. [6]

Individual Awards

ACC Player of the Year

ACC Coach of the Year

ACC Rookie of the Year

ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player

College Baseball Hall of Fame

In 2010, Charles Teague became the first and only former Demon Deacon elected into the College Baseball Hall of Fame. [9]

YearPlayerPosition
2010 Charles Teague 2B

Championships

NCAA College World Series Championships

YearCoachRecordResult
1955 Taylor Sanford 24-6Defeated Western Michigan, 7-6

Conference Champions

YearCoachRecordResult
1949 SoCon 27-2 Taylor Sanford

Conference Tournament Champions

SeasonConferenceVenueHead Coach
1977 ACC Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina Marvin Carter
1998 ACC Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina George Greer
1999 ACC Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham, North Carolina George Greer
2001 ACC Knights Stadium, Fort Mill, South Carolina George Greer

Current and former major league players

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Mike MacDougal
Source: [10]

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. [11]

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). [12]

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. [13]

Current MLB Roster

Former Demon Deacons on Current MLB rosters as of July 15, 2019.

PlayerPositionNumberTeam
Mac Williamson LF 12 Seattle Mariners

Current Minor League Roster

Former Demon Deacons on current Minor League Baseball rosters as of July 21, 2017.

PlayerPositionNumberTeamMLB Organization
Gavin Sheets 1B 23 Kannapolis Intimidators Chicago White Sox
Stuart Fairchild OF 43 Billings Mustangs Cincinnati Reds
Will Craig 3B 22 Bradenton Marauders Pittsburgh Pirates
Donnie Sellers P 14 Vancouver Canadians Toronto Blue Jays
Parker Dunshee P 27 Vermont Lake Monsters Oakland A's
Ben Breazeale C 39 Aberdeen Ironbirds Baltimore Orioles

World Series Champions

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

PlayerPositionTeamNumber of Championships
Rip Coleman P New York Yankees 1
Vic Sorrell P Detroit Tigers 1
Ray Scarborough P Boston Red Sox 1
Tommy Byrne P New York Yankees 2

See also

Further reading

Related Research Articles

Gene Hooks Field at Wake Forest Baseball Park

David F. Couch Ballpark is a collegiate and former minor-league baseball park in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. The full-time home of the Wake Forest University baseball team, starting in 2009, it was also previously home of the Winston-Salem entry in the Carolina League, a role it played since the park opened in 1956.

Gene Hooks Stadium was a baseball stadium in Winston-Salem, NC. It was the primary home field of the Wake Forest University Demon Deacons college baseball teams from 1981 through 2008.

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2015–16 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2015–16 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons were led by second-year head coach Danny Manning. The team played home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and were a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Demon Deacons finished season 11–20, 2–16 in ACC play to finish in 14th place. They lost to NC State in the first round of the ACC Tournament.

2015–16 Wake Forest Demon Deacons womens basketball team

The 2015–16 Wake Forest Demon Deacons women's basketball team will represent Wake Forest University during the 2015–16 college basketball season. The Demon Deacons, led by fourth year head coach Jen Hoover. The Demon Deacons are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference and play their home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. They finished the season 17–16, 6–10 in ACC play to finish in a tie for ninth place. They advanced to the second round of the ACC Women's Tournament where they lost to Georgia Tech. They were invited to the Women's National Invitation Tournament where they defeated Charlotte in the first round before losing to Florida Gulf Coast in the second round.

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2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons baseball team

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2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens soccer team

The 2017 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's soccer team represents Wake Forest University during the 2017 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. It is the 71st season of the university fielding a program. It the program's third season with Bobby Muuss as head coach. The Demon Deacons play their home matches at Spry Stadium.

2018 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens soccer team

The 2018 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's soccer team represented Wake Forest University during the 2018 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. It was the 72nd season of the university fielding a program. It was the program's fourth season with Bobby Muuss as head coach. The Demon Deacons played their home matches at Spry Stadium.

2007 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens soccer team Represented Wake Forest University during the 2007 NCAA Division I mens soccer season

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2018–19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2018–19 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represented Wake Forest University during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons were led by fifth-year head coach Danny Manning and played their home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

2019 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens soccer team

The 2019 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's soccer team represents Wake Forest University during the 2019 NCAA Division I men's soccer season. It is the 73rd season of the university fielding a program. It is the program's fifth season with Bobby Muuss as head coach. The Demon Deacons play their home matches at Spry Stadium.

2019–20 Wake Forest Demon Deacons mens basketball team

The 2019–20 Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball team represents Wake Forest University during the 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Demon Deacons are led by sixth-year head coach Danny Manning and play their home games at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

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