Virginia Defeats Maryland With Sharp Pitching And Timely Hitting, 6-1
April 20, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team defeated the Maryland Terrapins by the score of 6-1 this afternoon at the UVa Baseball Field. The Cavaliers made the most out of their 12 hits and rode the steady pitching performance of Dan Street to their 21st win of the season.
Virginia scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning when Doug Vroman was hit by a pitch and scored three batters later when Hunter Wyant (3-3, two RBI) hit an RBI-single to right field to make it a 1-0 UVa lead. In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cavaliers extended their lead to 3-0 when Shawn McCleary (2-4, RBI, run) drove in David Stone (1-3, RBI, run) with an RBI-triple to right field before McCleary scored in UVa’s next at-bat on a sacrifice fly to right field by Wyant.
Maryland cut Virginia’s lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning when Brian Patenaude scored on an RBI-single by teammate Steve Oursler, but that would be the only run the Terrapins would score in the game. The Cavaliers answered right back in the bottom of the sixth inning with a run of their own to take a 4-1 lead when Chris Sweet (2-4, two runs) tripled to left field before Robert Word (3-4 two RBI, run, two doubles) drove him in to score a run on an RBI-single.
Virginia added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when Word hit an RBI-double down the left field line to score Sweet before Word eventually scored a run himself on a sacrifice fly to center field by Stone to give UVa a five-run lead at 6-1.
That would be all the scoring the Cavaliers would need as Street shut down the Terrapins at the plate. Street (3-4) pitched a complete game (9.0 innings) and allowed only one run (unearned) on three hits to go along with three strikeouts to pick up his third win of the season. Maryland’s Jared Stuart (2-5) took the loss after going 7.1 innings and giving up four runs on 10 hits despite a game-high seven strikeouts.
With the victory, Virginia improves its record to 21-21 overall, 7-12 in the ACC, while the loss drops Maryland’s record to 13-25 overall, 3-12 in the conference. The win gives UVa a 1-0 lead in the three-game weekend series.
The Cavaliers and Terrapins will return to action on Saturday, April 21st at 12:00 noon. The contest will be played at the UVa Baseball Field.
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