Virginia Baseball Falls to Wake Forest, 4-1
April 8, 2001
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The University of Virginia baseball team lost its seventh consecutive game after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. UVa’s Dan Street pitched a solid game and Chris Sweet came through with a home run, but it wasn’t enough as Wake Forest earned the ACC series sweep over the Cavaliers.
The Demon Deacons jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Nick Blue scored the first of his two runs in the game on an RBI-single to left field by Jamie D’Antona. Wake Forest extended its lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning when Blue doubled to left-center field and then scored on another RBI-single by D’Antona.
Virginia cut Wake Forest’s lead in half at 2-1 when Sweet (2-4, RBI, run) hit his first collegiate home run with a solo shot to left field. However, that would be all the scoring the Cavaliers would muster as the Demon Deacons’ combination of starting pitcher Cory Sullivan and closer Dave Bush kept the UVa batters quiet.
Wake Forest added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning when Sullivan singled and eventually scored on a throwing error by the Cavaliers’ third baseman Eric Christensen after he stole second and third base. WFU’s Ryan Johnson singled and scored on an RBI-singled to left field by Matt Price in the bottom of the eighth inning to make it a 4-1 contest.
The Demon Deacons’ Sullivan (3-0) remained undefeated by pitching 7.0 innings and allowing only one run on eight hits with a game-high six strikeouts, while Bush recorded his eighth save of the season after going 2.0 innings and recording two strikeouts. UVa’s D. Street (2-3) pitched 8.0 innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits with two strikeouts in defeat.
With the loss, Virginia’s record falls to 17-17 overall, 5-10 in the ACC. Wake Forest improves to 23-10 overall, 9-6 in the conference.
The Cavaliers will return to home action on Tuesday, April 10th when UVa hosts the Liberty Flames. The contest is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be played at the UVa Baseball Field.