Baseball Splits Doubleheader with St. John's
April 18, 1998
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore righthander Kevin Shrout (Murrysville, Pa.) struck out eight batters to lead the University of Virginia baseball team to victory in the second game of a doubleheader with St. John’s, as the Cavaliers managed to split the day’s two games. The Red Storm posted a 6-3 win in the first game, with the Cavaliers coming back to win 4-1 in the second contest. Virginia now stands 23-18-1 on the season, while St. John’s moves to 18-11-1.
In the second game, Shrout allowed only one run on four hits over 7-2/3 innings while striking out eight and walking three. The UVa offense was led by junior first baseman Javier Lopez (Fairfax, Va.), who went 3-for-4, while both senior outfielder Jon Kemmerer (Reston, Va.) and sophomore shortstop Tim LaVigne (Virginia Beach, Va.) were 2-for-3 with an RBI.
St. John’s opened the scoring with a single run in the first inning as Giancarlo Diprima singled, stole both second and third, then came home on an RBI single by Tyrone Wayne. The Cavaliers would then take the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Kemmerer led off with a single, stole second and came in on an RBI single by senior second baseman Ryan Gilleland (Forest, Va.). After a single by Lopez gave Virginia runners on first and second, LaVigne singled to drive in Gilleland and make the score 2-1.
The Cavaliers later added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh, the first coming on a solo homer by sophomore catcher Mark Rueffert (Herndon, Va.), his second on the season. Senior outfielder Ted Kinsman (Vienna, Va.) scored the final run of the game, as he walked and eventually came home on a sacrifice bunt by Kemmerer. LaVigne came in to throw 1-1/3 perfect innings of relief to close out the game, earning his sixth save of the season.
In the first game, Mike Dzurilla and Gary Villacres both went 3-for-4 to lead St. John’s to victory. The Red Storm scored its first run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from Villacres, then added two more runs in the top of the third as Villacres and John Aramento both had RBI singles.
The Cavaliers cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the third as Kinsman doubled and scored on an RBI groundout by senior third baseman Brian Sherlock (Medford, N.J.), but St. John’s added three more runs in the top of the fifth to take control of the game. Aramento was hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to bring in the first run, while an error allowed the final two runs to score. The Cavaliers would score once in the bottom of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Sherlock, and again in the sixth on an RBI single from Kinsman, but were unable to complete the comeback.
The Cavaliers and the Red Storm will conclude their series with a single game tomorrow, Apr. 19, at 1:00 p.m.
St. John’s 6, Virginia 3 (Game One) R H ESt. John’s 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 – 6 13 1Virginia 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 – 3 8 2SJU: Keith Stamler, Chuck Alben (6), Eddie Olsen (6) and Robert Fierro; UVa: Casey Kennedy and Josh Bowling; 2B: Mike Dzurilla (SJU), Ted Kinsman (UVa), Jon Kemmerer (UVa), Brian Sherlock (UVa), Tim LaVigne (UVa); 3B: None; HR: None.Win: Stamler (3-1); Loss: Kennedy (5-4); Save: Olsen (2).
Virginia 4, St. John’s 1 (Game Two) R H ESt. John’s 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 4 1Virginia 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 X – 4 9 0SJU: Patrick Collins, James Salvo (7), John Troiola (7) and Eric Potts; UVa: Kevin Shrout, Tim LaVigne (8) and Mark Rueffert; 2B: None; 3B: Mike Dzurilla (SJU); HR: Mark Rueffert (UVa). Win: Shrout (5-4); Loss: Collins (3-2); Save: LaVigne (6).