Virginia Baseball Falls To Miami Hurricanes, 12-6
April 29, 2001
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Virginia baseball team lost the finalcontest of a three-game series with the Miami Hurricanes by the score of 12-6in front of 1,103 spectators at Mark Light Baseball Stadium this afternoon.The Hurricanes scored 11 of their 12 runs in the first five innings andcruised to the six-run victory by winning the non-conference with theCavaliers, 2-1.
Miami jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning whenDanny Matienzo scored Mike Rodriguez on an RBI-ground out before Kevin Mannixdrove in Javy Rodriguez with an RBI-single up the middle.
Virginia cut Miami’s lead in half at 2-1 in the top of the second inning whenDan Street (2-4, RBI, run) doubled to right-center field before scoring on asharply hit ball to shortstop by Robert Word. However, Miami answered rightback with four runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning to extend itslead to 6-1. Kris Clute walked and Greg Lovelady singled to reach basebefore they each scored a run to make it a 4-1 contest. J. Rodriguez reachedbase on an error and came around to score a run before Kevin Howard doubledand scored a run himself on an RBI-single by Matienzo to give the Hurricanesa five-run lead.
UVa starting pitcher Joe Koshansky was replaced by reliever Mark Hurrie toface the Miami order in the bottom of the third inning and the Hurricanesadded another run when Clute walked before scoring on an RBI-single up themiddle by M. Rodriguez to make it a 7-1 lead.
The Cavaliers led off the top of the fourth inning with back-to-back doublesby Mark Rueffert (1-3, run) and Street. Rueffert scored Virginia’s secondrun of the game when he crossed the plate on Street’s RBI-double to cutMiami’s lead to 7-2. However, the Hurricanes scored three more runs in thebottom half of the inning with runs by Howard, Matienzo and Mannix to pullout to a 10-3 lead through four innings of play.
Miami pushed its lead to 11-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning when CharltonJimerson tripled to right field before scoring on an RBI, bases loaded walkfour batters later by Marcus Nettles.
Trailing by nine runs (11-2) in the top of the seventh inning, the Cavaliers’Jon Benick (1-4, four RBI, run) hit his 17th home run of the season with agrand slam to right field which scored Kallen McCoy, David Stone (2-4, run,double) and Rob Newton (1-2, run) to make the score 11-6 in favor of theHurricanes.
Miami’s Jimerson scored the Hurricanes 12th run of the game in the bottom ofthe seventh inning when he singled and eventually scored a run on a passedball to make it a 12-6 game.
UVa’s Koshansky (4-5) took the loss after lasting just two innings and givingup six runs (five earned) on six hits. Miami’s Tom Farmer (9-2) earned thevictory after going 5.0 innings and allowing just two runs (one earned) onseven hits with three strikeouts.
With the loss, Virginia’s record falls to 24-25 overall, while the victoryimproves Miami’s record to 35-11 on the season. With the win, the Hurricaneswon the three-game series 2-1 after posting a 5-1 victory on Saturday.
Virginia will return to action on Tuesday, May 1st when the Cavaliers facethe Virginia Tech Hokies in UVa’s final non-conference regular season game ofthe 2001 season. The contest is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. and will beplayed at the Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium in Salem, Va.