Virginia Baseball Blasts Past Virginia Tech, 9-3
April 18, 2001
BLACKSBURG, Va. –
The University of Virginia baseball team hit six solo home runs to power its way by Virginia Tech, 9-3, in college baseball Wednesday afternoon at English Field.
Virginia (20-21) took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning when it got back-to-back-to-back homers from designated hitter Jon Benick, catcher Mark Rueffert and third baseman Dan Street. Benick went deep again in the fifth inning, while Street contributed a run-scoring single in the inning. Cavalier center fielder Doug Vroman led off the sixth inning with a solo homer and Benick drove in two more runs in the inning with a double. Street closed out Virginia’s scoring when he led off the seventh inning with his second home run of the day.
UVa left-hander Joseph Koshansky pitched a complete game to even his season record at 4-4. Koshansky scattered nine hits, struck out three batters and walked two.
Virginia Tech, now 18-20-1 on the season, took a 1-0 lead on a RBI-single by catcher Jed English (Alexandria, Va.) in the first inning. A triple by right fielder Chris Hutchison (Newport, Va.) and a sacrifice fly from left fielder Ryan Murphy (Nashville, Tenn.) produced another Tech run in the fifth. Third baseman Addison Bowman (Dayton, Va.) singled in the Hokies’ final run in the eighth.
Rueffert and Street both finished with four hits in five at bats for the Cavs, while Benick was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Bowman, whose first-inning two-base hit gave him a Tech career record 61 doubles, was one of three Hokies with two hits. He was joined by Hutchison and designated hitter Christian Simmers (Bridgewater, Va.). Bowman broke the old Tech career doubles mark of 60 held by Bo Durkac (1993-95).
Senior southpaw Ian Ostlund (Singers Creek, Va.) started on the mound for the Hokies and took the loss. Ostlund, now 5-3, pitched 5 2/3 innings.
The Cavaliers have now won three consecutive games over the Hokies, including two contests this season.
UVa will return to action on April 20-22 when Virginia host the Maryland Terrapins in a three-game ACC series. The weekend series with Maryland will be the final three home games of the season for Virginia. The Cavaliers will face the Terrapins on Friday, April 20th at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21st at 12:00 noon, and on Sunday, April 22nd at 1:00 p.m. All three contests will be played at the UVa Baseball Field. Virginia Tech is scheduled to open a three-game BIG EAST series at West Virginia on Friday night at 7 p.m.