April 21, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia Tech scored seven runs in thetopof the seventh, five of which were with two outs, to break open a 3-3tieand eventually defeat the University of Virginia 11-7 here Wednesday.Withthe loss, the Cavaliers fall to 15-29 on the season and continue aseason-long nine-game losing streak. The Hokies improve to 25-14.
Eric Shiflett led off the seventh with a single and AddisonBowmanfollowed with an RBI double. Four batters and two outs later, Kevin Bicelaced a single into left field, scoring Matt Griswold who had reached onabunt single. Each of the next five Hokie hitters reached safely, threebyway of walks and two by way of singles. In all, Tech sent 12 men to theplate in the inning, scoring seven runs on six hits.
Virginia did its best to answer, scoring a couple of runs on twohits and a Hokie error in the bottom of the inning. Tech added a run inthetop of the eighth before seeing the Cavaliers make a rally in the bottomofthe ninth. Robbie Marvin drew a two-out walk and then stole second.After awalk to Jon Benick, Julian Gonzalez reached on an infield single,loadingthe bases. Mark Rueffert drew a free pass, forcing Marvin in from third,and Tim LaVigne followed with a sacrifice fly to center. However, thatwasall the Cavs could muster.
The Cavaliers used seven pitchers on the day as starter MarkHurriewas on a low pitch count. The freshman righty pitched two scorelessinningswith three hits, a walk and two strike outs. David Poppert (0-1) startedthe sixth after three innings of work from fellow freshman hurler ChrisMarinak. However, Poppert did not retire any of the three batters hefacedin the seventh and was saddled with the loss.
Charlottesville native Jason Beale lasted six and one-thirdinningsfor the Hokies to earn the victory. Beale (4-1) allowed five runs, fourearned, on 10 hits with two walks and seven strike outs.
Bowman had a game-high three hits while three other Hokies hadtwohits apiece. Larry Bowles and Randy Martin each had two RBI.
Gonzalez had three hits on the day while David Stone, Marvin andBenick each scored twice for the Cavaliers.
This was the second game of three between the two in-staterivalsthis season. Tech leads the series 2-0 after a 13-9 win in Blacksburglastweek. The final game of the series will be April 28 at 7 p.m. inDanville.
Virginia will return to action at home this weekend with athree-game series against the University of Maryland. The series willgetunder way Friday with a single game at 3 p.m., followed by a 2 p.m.contestSaturday and a 1 p.m. finale Sunday. Tech will travel to LynchburgThursdayfor a game against Liberty.
VIRGINIA TECH 11, VIRGINIA 7
Tech (25-14) 002 010 710 - 11 14 1UVa (15-29) 100 110 202 - 7 11 4
WP – Beale (4-1). LP – Poppert (0-1). Sv – None.Beale, Miller (7), Pinkman (9) and Gauch; Hurrie, Marinak (3), Poppert(6), Thomas (7), Chapman (7), Giraldo (8), LaVigne (9) and Rueffert. T -3:08. A- 148.