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Feb. 22, 2001

Up Next for UVa: Virginia (3-0) will host the Penn State Nittany Lion (1-3) from the Big Ten conference in a three-game series beginning with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, February 24th at 12:00 p.m. The Cavaliers will concluded their series with Penn State with a single game on Sunday, February 25th beginning at 1:00 p.m. All three contests will be played at the UVa Baseball Field.

Cavaliers Win 2001 Home Opener: The Virginia baseball team opened its 2001 season with a great start, a 9-1 victory against the U.S. Naval Academy. Virginia went on to win all three games of the weekend series with Navy (9-1, 10-3, 6-2). Last season, UVa tied Old Dominion by the score of 14-14 in their 2000 home opener.

Rueffert Red-Hot!:UVa catcher Mark Rueffert had an outstanding three-game series against Navy (Feb. 17-18). For the series, Rueffert finished 6-10 (.600) at the plate with five RBI and four runs scored. He gathered 15 putouts through and hit Virginia’s first homerun of the season in the series.

Koshansky Makes UVa Debut in Style: First-year pitcher/designated hitter Joseph Koshansky had a superb start to his UVa baseball career. After going 1-2 at the plate with a run scored in Virginia’s season-opening 9-1 victory over Navy as the designated hitter, Koshansky took the mound in the next game and pitched seven strong innings and struck out a game-high seven batters en route to his first collegiate win as a pitcher.

Street Shines in Pitching Appearance, Named ACC Pitcher of the Week: Third-year pitcher/second baseman Dan Street picked right up this year where he left off from last season on the mound. Street, who finished 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA in 2000, pitched seven scoreless innings by striking out a game-high six batters and allowed only two hits in Virginia’s 6-2 victory over Navy – his first pitching appearance of the season. For his accomplishment, he was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week.

Rueffert, Benick and Word Go Yard:UVa catcher Mark Rueffert hit Virginia’s first homerun of the season, a three-run shot in Virginia’s 9-1 victory over Navy. Third baseman Jon Benick and first baseman Robert Word followed Rueffert’s lead, and the pair each recorded a two-run shot in Virginia’s 10-3 victory over Navy in the next game.

Creswell Opens Season in Winning Fashion:Fourth-year pitcher Brandon Creswell opened the 2001 season as one of UVa’s top pitchers, and looked exactly like one after pitching a complete game in Virginia’s 9-1 season-opening victory over Navy. Creswell pitched nine innings and allowed only one run to go along with his game-high six strikeouts.

Wyant posts Virginia first extra-base hit in 2001:UVa short stop Hunter Wyant recorded Virginia’s first extra-base hit of the season. Wyant went 2-4 at the plate with a run scored and hit a triple in Virginia’s 9-1 victory over Navy.

Womack Back Over .500 For Career: After Virginia’s three-game sweep over Navy in UVa’s season-opening series, Dennis Womack lifted his overall coaching record to one game over .500 by improving to 518-517-7 through 1040 games.

Womack’s Coaching Numbers Keep Rising: On March 11th, 2000, Dennis Womack coached in his 1000th career game as a head coach when Virginia faced Eastern Michigan. Four days later (March 15), Womack earned his 500th career victory as a head coach when Virginia defeated Princeton by the score of 5-2. Although the win was just another victory to Womack, the victory marked yet another one of his many great accomplishments as head coach of the Virginia baseball program.

Last season, Virginia finished 26-31-1 overall, 10-14 in the ACC. After opening the 2000 season with a slow start, the Cavaliers cruised en route to winning 26 of their remaining 51 games. UVa went 26-25 (.510) in that span, including a 2-2 mark in the ACC Tournament. With the exception of Georgia Tech, the Cavaliers won at least one game against every conference opponent in their regular season series with ACC schools.

Womack’s overall coaching record now stands at 518-517-7 through 1040 games.

Virginia Tabbed Seventh in 2001 ACC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll: The Atlantic Coast Conference’s nine head coaches picked the University of Virginia baseball team to finish seventh in the 2001 ACC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll. The Cavaliers return 15 lettermen and four starters from last seasons team that finished 26-31-1 overall, 10-14 in the conference.

2001 ACC Coaches Preseason Baseball Poll1. Georgia Tech (9)	812. Clemson		693. Florida State	644. Wake Forest		555. North Carolina	405. N.C. State		407. VIRGINIA		268. Duke			189. Maryland		12

Multiple HIT Games

No.	Player (Hits)		Date		Opponent (game)1.	Mark Rueffert (3)	2/17		Navy (1)2.	Hunter Wyant (2)	2/17		Navy (1)3.	Jon Benick (2)		2/17		Navy (2)4.	Mark Rueffert (2)	2/17		Navy (2)5.	Shawn McCleary (2)	2/17		Navy (2)6.	Jon Benick (2)		2/18		Navy (3)

Multiple RBI Games

No.	Player (RBI)		Date		Opponent (game)1.	Mark Rueffert (3)	2/17		Navy (1)2.	Shawn McCleary (2)	2/17		Navy (1)3.	Robert Word (3)		2/17		Navy (2)4.	Jon Benick (2)		2/17		Navy (2)5.	Shawn McCleary (2)	2/17		Navy (2)6.	Hunter Wyant (2)	2/18		Navy (3)

Home Runs

No.	Player (Runs)		Date		Opponent (game)1.	Mark Rueffert (3)	2/17		Navy (1)2.	Jon Benick (2)		2/17		Navy (2)3.	Robert Word (2)		2/17		Navy (2)

Solo HRs: 02-Run HRs: 23-Run HRs: 1Grand Slams: 0

Cavalier Firsts

BattingAt bat: David Stone (2/17 vs. Navy)Hit: Hunter Wyant (triple on 2/17 vs. Navy)Run: Mark Rueffert (2/17 vs. Navy)RBI: Chris Sweet (2/17 vs. Navy)Extra-base hit: Hunter Wyant (triple on 2/17 vs. Navy)Double: Shawn McCleary (2/17 vs. Navy)Triple: Hunter Wyant (2/17 vs. Navy)Home run: Mark Rueffert (2/17 vs. Navy)Base runner: Hunter Wyant (2/17 vs. Navy)Walk: Dan Street (2/17 vs. Navy)Strike out: Dan Street (2/17 vs. Navy)Hit batsman:Sacrifice bunt: David Stone (2/17 vs. Navy)Sacrifice fly: Mark Rueffert (2/17 vs. Navy)Stolen base attempt: Jon Benick (2/17 vs. Navy)Stolen base: Jon Benick (2/17 vs. Navy)Caught stealing: Mark Rueffert (2/17 vs. Navy)

PitchingWin: Brandon Creswell (2/17 vs. Navy)Loss:Save: Jeffery Kamrath (2/17 vs. Navy)Complete game: Brandon Creswell (2/17 vs. Navy)Shutout:Strike out: Brandon Creswell (2/17 vs. Navy)Walk: Brandon Creswell (2/17 vs. Navy)Wild pitch: Joseph Koshansky (2/17 vs. Navy)Hit batsman: Alexander “Shooter” Starr (2/17 vs. Navy)Balk:

FieldingPutout: Chris Sweet (2/17 vs, Navy)Assist: Dan Street (2/17 vs. Navy)Fielding error: Jon Benick (2/17 vs. Navy)Throwing error:

Big Innings

VirginiaFirst: 4, vs. Navy (2/17)Second: 2, vs. Navy (2/17)Third: 0.Fourth: 1, vs. Navy (2/17)Fifth: 8, vs. Navy (2/17)Sixth: 0.Seventh: 2, vs. Navy (2/17)Eighth: 2, vs. Navy (2/17)Ninth: 0.Tenth: 0.

OpponentFirst: 1, vs. Navy (2/17)Second: 1, vs. Navy (2/17)Third: 0.Fourth: 1, vs. Navy (2/17)Fifth: 0.Sixth: 0.Seventh: 0.Eighth: 1, vs. Navy (2/17)Ninth: 1, vs. Navy (2/17)Tenth: 0.

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