Virginia Baseball Falls to #6 Clemson 9-7 in Game One
May 14, 2000
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team returned to home action and hosted the Clemson Tigers in an Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader at the UVa Baseball Field this afternoon. After Virginia pulled out to an early 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, #6 ranked Clemson used a key five-run fifth inning to its advantage en route to a 9-7 victory over the Cavaliers. UVa pulled jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning in the second game of the doubleheader before the game was postponed due to heavy rain and lightning.
In the first contest, Clemson took and early 2-0 lead in the first inning after Casey Stone (3-4) scored a run when teammate Henri Stanley walked with the bases loaded, and added another run when Khali Greene (2-4, two RBI, two runs) scored on a throwing error by UVa catcher Mark Rueffert.
Trailing by two runs, Virginia came right back in the bottom of the first inning and knotted the score at 2-2 when Luis Giraldo (1-4, three runs, two RBI) hit a two-run home run to left-center field to score Jon Benick.
UVa added another run in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead after Ben Himes (3-4, two runs, RBI) hit a RBI-single to left field to score Giraldo. But that would be the Cavaliers last lead of the game as the Tigers used a five-run fifth inning to pull out to a 7-3 lead. Clemson’s Green hit a two-run single, Jarrod Schmidt (1-2, two runs, RBI) hit a RBI-double and Ryan Riley (1-2, two RBI, run) added a two-run single to highlight a five run, six hit inning for the Tigers.
UVa responded with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning after Giraldo scored a run, followed by a RBI-single by Rueffert to score Himes making it a 7-5 contest. But Clemson came right back and scored two more runs in the top of the eighth inning to pull ahead 9-5.
Virginia added a run in the eighth inning on a RBI-sacrifice by Robbie Marvin (2-4) that scored Michael Floyd (3-4, RBI, run) and posted another run in the ninth inning when Himes scored on a RBI-single by Floyd. However, Tim LaVigne grounded into a double play to end the game, giving the Tigers a 9-7 victory.
Clemson’s Jarrod Schmidt (8-0) was the winning pitcher after going five innings and allowing five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. CU’s Nick Glaser collected his 14th save after holding off a late UVa charge in the bottom of the ninth inning. UVa’s Jon Metzger (3-5) took the loss after yielding six runs on seven hits through three innings of play. The Cavaliers’ starting pitcher, Kevin Shrout, threw four solid innings (four runs, three hits, six strikeouts) before leaving the game.
UVa gathered a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning of game two before it was stopped. There were two Cavalier baserunners on first and third base with two outs in the inning when the contest was halted. The game will resume on Sunday, May 14th at 1:00 p.m. at the point where it was stopped. Game three of the weekend series, which was originally scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., will be played approximately 30 minutes after game two is completed. Both contests will be played at the UVa Baseball Field.
With the loss, Virginia’s record drops to 23-28-1 overall, 9-13 in the ACC. Clemson improves its record to 41-13 overall, 9-13 in the conference with the victory.