Virginia Baseball Defeats Virginia Tech, 5-4
May 2, 2000
SALEM, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team defeated the VirginiaTech Hokies by the score of 5-4 in the Cavaliers final non-conference game ofthe season. Virginia scored five runs in the first five innings and held onfor a one-run victory in front of 1,074 spectators at the Salem MemorialBaseball Stadium.
The Cavaliers pulled out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning aftershortstop Tim LaVigne (3-5, run) hit his tenth double of the season and laterscored on a RBI-sacrifice fly by teammate Jon Benick (1-3). Virginia Techanswered right back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning totake its only lead of the game at 2-1.
Virginia regained the lead by scoring two more runs in the top of thethird inning after Robbie Marvin (1-3) scored on a wild pitch and Ben Himes(3-4, two RBI) hit a RBI-double to left-center field to score Hunter Wyant(1-4, two runs), making it 3-2 in favor of the Cavs.
Virginia pulled out to its biggest lead of the game at 5-2 in the fifthinning after Himes hit his second RBI-double of the contest to score LuisGiraldo (2-5) before Mark Rueffert hit a sacrifice fly to score Wyant.
The Hokies scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning when ChrisWinterfeldt scored on a wild pitch, and added another run in the eighthinning when Winterfeldt scored again on a Brian Copeland RBI to make it a 5-4game.
However, that would be as close and Virginia Tech would get as Virginiaheld on for the one-run victory.
The Cavaliers’ Jon Metzger (3-4) earned his third win of the season afterpitching four innings and allowing only one run on four hits with a game-highfive strikeouts. Virginia’s Kevin Shrout picked up his first save of theyear after pitching the final two innings and holding Virginia Tech hitlessand scoreless to go along with two strikeouts. The Hokies’ Josh Davis (0-2)took the loss after he allowed all five of the Cavaliers runs on 10 hitsthrough 4.1 innings of play.
With the victory, Virginia improves its record to 23-27-1 overall, whilethe loss drops Virginia Tech’s record to 28-21-2 on the year. The Cavalierswill return to action on Saturday, May 13th when Virginia hosts the ClemsonTigers in an Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader at the UVA Baseball Fieldbeginning at 12:00 noon.