Baseball Drops 8-5 Decision to William & Mary
March 2, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Despite a career-day by right fielder JulianGonzalez, the University of Virginia dropped its fifth consecutive gamehere Tuesday, falling 8-5 to William & Mary. With the loss, the Cavaliersfall to 4-9 on the season, while the Tribe improves to 12-1.
Gonzalez was 4-for-4 on the day with a couple of runs scored and apair of doubles, setting a career best with six total bases and tying acareer best for doubles in a game. He was also hit by a pitch, reachingbase safely in all five trips to the plate.
William & Mary jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to a solo home runby Ben Swatsky in the second and a four-spot in the third. However, theCavaliers battled back into the game with two runs in the fifth and anotherin the sixth. Jonathan Benick hit his first-career home run as a Cavalierin the fifth, the first of the season for UVa. The Tribe pushed its lead to7-3 with two runs in the seventh, answered by a Virginia run in the bottomof the inning.
Another Tribe run in the eighth made the score 8-4, and Virginiathen got its best chance to recapture the lead. Robbie Marvin drew a walkto put runners at first and second with no outs, one run already in and thetop of the order coming to the plate. However, Robert Jones struck outthree consecutive UVa batters to squelch the Cavalier rally.
Chris Kelley (4-0) picked up the win for the Tribe, going fiveinnings and allowing two runs on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout. Greg Withelder (1-3) suffered his third consecutive loss for Virginia.He, too, went five innings, but allowed five runs on eight hits with threewalks and five strike outs.
Benick went 2-for-5 on the day, scoring a run and driving in three.David Stone also had a couple of hits for Virginia. Chris Clarke went3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI for William & Mary. Stephen Booker,Brendan Harris, Jeremy Bohonko and Charles Wilson all had two hits apiecefor the Tribe. Three of William & Mary’s eight runs were scored via twowild pitches and a passed ball.
This was the first William & Mary victory against Virginia sincethe 1993 season, putting an end to a six-game Cavalier winning streak in aseries which dates back to the 1905 season.
Virginia will return to action here Thursday with a 3 p.m. gameagainst Radford at UVa Baseball Field.
WILLIAM & MARY 8, VIRGINIA 5W&M (12-1) 014 000 210 - 8 14 4UVa (4-9) 000 021 110 - 5 11 2WP - Kelley (4-0). LP - Withelder (1-3). Sv - None.Kelley, Leek (6), Shepard (8), Jones (8) and Rogers; Withelder, Chapman(6), Metzger (8), LaVigne (9) and Rueffert. T - 2:47. A - 228.