James Madison Defeats Virginia In 10 Innings, 7-6
April 24, 2001
HARRISONBURG, Va. – Sophomore third baseman Brent Metheny’s(Moorefield, W.Va./Moorefield) bases-loaded single in the bottom of the10th inning lifted James Madison to a 7-6 non-conference baseballvictory against the Virginia Cavaliers Tuesday afternoon at JMU’s LongField.
The Dukes swept the Cavaliers in their two-game, regular-seasonseries for the second year in a row and improved to 25-18-1 overall.JMU climbed a season-best seven games above .500 for the third time.The Cavaliers lost for the first time in five outings, and sufferedtheir first defeat since falling, 4-3, to the Dukes a week ago.Virginia slipped to 23-22.
Metheny, who finished the afternoon 4-for-6 with three RBIs,looped a single to shallow right field to plate pinch runner KyleWalling (Fishersville, Va./Wilson Memorial) with the winning run.Junior designated hitter Pat Cunningham (Centreville, Va./Centreville)singled to right to start the inning. Walling advanced to third whenJMU sophomore shortstop Nathan Dolye’s (Wilmington, N.C./Laney)sacrifice bunt was thrown in the dirt and past first base for an errorby Virginia junior third baseman Dan Street (Purcellville, Va,/LoudonValley). The error allowed Walling to advance to third and Doyle movedto second on the play. Sophomore second baseman Mitch Rigsby (GlenAllen, Va./Hermitage) was intentionally walked, snapping his hittingstreak at 14 games, to load the bases.
The Dukes also loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom ofthe ninth, but junior right-hander Chris Marinak (Virginia Beach,Va./Cox) struck out freshman left fielder Alan Lindsey (Mechanicsville,Va./Lee-Davis) on a full count called third strike.The Cavaliers forced the issue into extra innings by rallyingfor four runs in the top of the eighth. Senior designated hitter JonBenick’s (Glen Lyon, Pa./Greater Naticoke) 16th homer of the season, atwo-out, two-run blast to left, tied the game at 6-6. Sophomore centerfielder Doug Vroman (Westport, Conn./Staples) started the rally with aleadoff triple to center. He scored one out later on junior leftfielder David Stone’s (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) single toright. Stone advanced the second on a groundout and scored when seniorshortstop Hunter Wyant (White Hall, Va./Western Albemarle) laced asingle into right just above the glove of leaping Rigsby.
Junior left-hander Adam Wynegar (Centreville, Va./Centreville)picked up the victory with 1 2/3 innings of perfect relief. He enteredwith a runner on first and one out in the ninth, and was aided when therunner was picked off first by JMU catcher Dustin Bowman (Dayton,Va./Turner Ashby)
JMU sophomore first baseman Eddie Kim (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax)extended his hitting streak to 13 games by going 2-for-4. Seniorcenter fielder Greg Miller (Herndon, Va./Herndon) and senior rightfielder Jeremy Hays (Atlanta, Ga./Paideia) each had two hits.
Benick was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Wyant went 2-for-5 with asolo homer and two RBIs.
Virginia will return to action on Wednesday, April 25th when UVa travels to Fairfax, Va. to face the George Mason Patriots. The contest is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. and will be played at Spuhler Field.
UVA 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 6 11 2JMU 0 0 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 7 16 0
Koshansky, Hurrie (7), Marinak (8), Hansard (10) and Rueffert.J. Doyle, Roll (7), Gaiser (8), Maley (8), Wynegar (9) and Bowman.W – Wynager (4-3), L – Hansard (1-2)HR: V – Wyant (7), Benick (16)Att: 172 Time: 2:52