Virginia Baseball Pulls Away From Maryland, 15-7
April 21, 2001
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team defeated the Maryland Terrapins by the score of 15-7 this afternoon at the UVa Baseball Field. UVa scored six runs in a decisive seventh inning to break open a 7-7 tie game to pull away for the eight-run victory.
After both team traded leads and runs through the first six innings of play, the Terrapins tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the seventh inning when Steve Oursler (1-5) drove in Sean Lomas (2-4, run) before Matt Swope scored on a Cavalier error to knot the score. However, Virginia took complete control of the contest in the bottom half of the inning and put the game away by scoring six runs to pull out to a 13-7 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, UVa’s Doug Vroman (3-4, two runs, RBI) hit one of his two doubles on the afternoon to start the Cavaliers charge. In Virginia’s next at-bat, David Stone (2-4, RBI, run) hit an RBI-single up the middle to score Vroman to make it an 8-7 UVa lead. Stone’s hit and Vroman’s run would eventually become game-winners. Two batters later, Hunter Wyant (2-6, two runs, RBI, double) hit an RBI-single up the middle to score Stone to give the Cavaliers a 9-7 lead. Later in the inning, Dan Street (4-5, four RBI, three runs, triple, double) hit a two-run, RBI-single up the middle to score Shawn McCleary and Wyant. Leading 11-7, Virginia extended its lead to six runs when Chris Sweet (5-6, five RBI, triple, double, run) racked-up two of his game-high five RBI with a two-run double down the left field line that scored Mark Rueffert (3-4, four runs, RBI) and Street to make it a 13-7 Cavalier lead.
Virginia would score two more insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when Sweet hit a two-run triple to right-center field to score Rueffert and Street, making it a 15-7 contest. That would be all the scoring in the game as UVa’s Greg Hansard came in to pitch and closed out the game by sending the Terrapins down in the top of the ninth to preserve the win for the Cavaliers.
UVa’s Chris Marinak (2-0) gathered his second victory of the season by pitching 1.1 scoreless innings of baseball after replacing the Cavaliers starting pitcher Brandon Creswell. Creswell went 6.2 innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) on 11 hits with a team-high three strikeouts. The Terrapins’ Steve Schmoll (1-5) was dealt the loss after giving up six runs on five hits in just 0.2 of an inning.
With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 22-21 overall, 8-12 in the ACC. The loss drops Maryland’s record to 13-26 overall, 3-13 in the conference. UVa leads the three-game series 2-0 after recording a 6-1 victory in Friday’s contest.
The Cavaliers and Terrapins will return to action on Sunday, April 22nd at 1:00 noon. The contest will be played at the UVa Baseball Field.
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