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April 20, 1998

RADFORD — Virginia erupted for 11 first inning runs as the Cavaliers cruised to an easy 14-3 baseball victory over Radford at Dedmon Center Park.

Matt Clay (Winchester, Va.) and Brian Sherlock (Medford, N.J.) smacked three-run homers in the first inning outburst for the Cavaliers (25-18-1). Clay’s homer was the first of his career. Sherlock’s blast was his ninth of the season, and was part of a 4-4, five RBI performance. Radford starter Tom Van Hoose (Norfolk, Va.) surrendered each of the Cavaliers’ 11 first inning runs and suffered the loss to fall to 2-4.

Winning pitcher Javier Lopez (Fairfax, Va.) allowed three runs and eight hits over six innings to improve to 5-3. Bradley Nuckols (Crozier, Va.) worked the final three innings to record his first save.

Radford (16-30) scored all of its runs in the sixth. Ryan McFadden’s (Norfolk, Va.) two-run single highlighted the inning. Mike Lombardi (Babylon, N.Y.), Jeff Collins (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Sean Walsh (Catskill, N.Y) each posted two hits in a losing effort.

Both teams return to the diamond for non-conference action tomorrow. Radford travels to Appalachian St., while Virginia hosts James Madison.

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