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Mar. 1, 1998

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior third baseman Brian Sherlock (Medford, N.J.)went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four runs batted in as the Universityof Virginia baseball team posted a 10-5 victory over Seton Hall. With thevictory the Cavaliers completed a three-game sweeps of the Pirates andimproved their record to 9-1 on the season. Seton Hall falls to 1-5 withthe loss.

Seton Hall opened the scoring in the top of the first inning when JohnBravette singled and eventually scored on an RBI ground out by Dan Hummel.The Cavaliers responded with a run in the bottom of the inning as Sherlockdoubled and came in to score on an RBI single by senior first baseman RyanGilleland (Forest, Va.). Virginia then took a 2-1 lead in the second assophomore shortstop Tim LaVigne (Virginia Beach, Va.) singled, stole secondbase and scored on an RBI single by senior outfielder Jon Kemmerer (Reston,Va.).

The Pirates regained the lead with three runs in the top of the thirdinning. With one out Brian McGee doubled and advanced to third on a singleby Bravette. Ray Navarrete delivered an RBI single to knock in McGee, thenHummel doubled to bring home Bravette. An RBI groundout by Craig Zimmerlibrought home Navarrete and made the score 4-2 Seton Hall.

Virginia took the lead for good with three runs in the bottom of the fourthinning. Kemmerer reached on an error and junior designated hitter JavierLopez (Fairfax, Va.) drew a walk, after which Sherlock hit his first homerun, a three-run shot to right center field. The Cavaliers increased thelead to 8-4 with three more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.Sophomore catcher Josh Bowling (Springfield, Va.) drew a bases loaded walkto bring in the first run, then LaVigne was hit by a pitch to score thesecond run. Junior outfielder Julian Gonzalez (Avon Park, Fla.) followedwith a sacrifice fly to account for the final run of the inning.

After Seton Hall scored a single run in the top of the eighth inning on anRBI single by Josh Vath, Virginia tallied two more runs in the bottom ofthe inning to conclude the scoring. Lopez led off the inning with a solohomer to right center, his team-leading sixth of the season. Sherlockfollowed with a homer to right center, his second of the game and fifth onthe season.

Lopez, who was the Cavaliers’ starting pitcher in addition to playingdesignated hitter, improved his record to 3-0 on the year. He allowed fiveruns on eight hits in seven-plus innings of work while striking out five.Junior righthander Bradley Nuckols (Crozier, Va.) and LaVigne each pitchedone shutout inning to close out the game.

The Cavaliers return to the diamond on Tuesday, Mar. 3, when they travel toRadford for a 2:30 p.m. game.

Virginia 10, Seton Hall 5                                                            R   H   ESeton Hall (1-5)    1   0   3   0   0   0   0   1   0   -   5   10  3Virginia (9-1)      1   1   0   3   0   0   3   2   X   -  10   11  2SHU: Shawn Tarkington, Damon Ponce de Leon (4), Cameron Esslinger (7), MikeSturgeon (7), Derek Hurley (8), Paul Viole (8) and Dan Hummel; UVa: Javier Lopez, Bradley Nuckols (8), Tim LaVigne (9) and Josh Bowling; 2B: Brian McGee (SHU), Dan Hummel (SHU), Brian Sherlock (UVa); HR: Javier Lopez (UVa), Brian Sherlock 2 (UVa).Win: Lopez (3-0); Loss: Tarkington (0-2).
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