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April 29, 1998


Virginia 11, Virginia Commonwealth 7          R   H    EUVa   3   3   0    0   1   1   0   0  3      -   11  14   1VCU   5   0   2    0   0   0   0   0  0      -   7   5    2UVa: Greg Withelder, Kevin Shrout (4) and Josh Bowling; VCU: Jake Moon, Shawn Patterson (1), Bryan Farkas (2), Brian Mohn (5), Brandon Inge (5), Jake Anthony (9) and Cory Whitby; 2B: Ted Kinsman (UVa), E.J. Anderson (UVa), Mark Rueffert (UVa); 3B: Brian Mohr 2 (VCU); HR: Mark Rueffert (UVa), Jason Dubois (VCU).Win: Shrout (6-4); Loss: Inge (4-2).

Sophomore righthander Kevin Shrout threw six innings of scoreless relief as the University of Virginia baseball team came from behind to defeat 19th-ranked Virginia Commonwealth 11-7. Shrout struck out nine batters in the game while allowing only two hits and walking three. The Cavaliers improve to 27-21-1 with the victory, while the Rams have their 18-game winning streak snapped and fall to 39-9 on the season.

The Virginia offense was led by freshman designated hitter Mark Rueffert, who went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run and four RBI. Junior first baseman Javier Lopez was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two stolen bases, while senior outfielder E.J. Anderson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Brian Mohr led VCU with two triples and three RBI, while Jason Dubios had a home run and three RBI.

The game was tied 7-7 after five innings of play, before the Cavaliers scored one run in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good. Senior third baseman Brian Sherlock singled with one out, and eventually came in to score on an RBI single by Lopez. Virginia then added three more runs in the top of the ninth inning to put the game away. Rueffert hit a two-run double, while senior outfielder Ted Kinsman added an RBI single.

Junior righthander Brandon Inge took the loss in relief for VCU, allowing four runs on six hits in 4-1/3 innings while striking out seven. Inge was one of six pitchers used by the Rams on the day.

Virginia takes nine days off before returning to action on Friday, May 9, when it will play host to Florida State at 4:00 p.m.

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