Virginia Baseball Falls To Virginia Tech, 6-1
May 1, 2001
SALEM, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team dropped a 6-1 decisionto the Virginia Tech Hokies in front of 906 spectators this evening at theSalem Memorial Baseball Stadium. Virginia Tech scored three first inningruns and rode the strong arm of starting pitcher Chip Runyon en route to afive-run victory, giving VT head coach Chuck Hartman his 1,300th coaching win.
The Hokies jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inningwhen Chris Hutchison and John West reached base on consecutive errors by theCavaliers before Addison Bowman, Kevin Bice and Christian Simmers postedthree consecutive hits. Bowman’s RBI-single scored Hutchison to giveVirginia Tech a 1-0 lead before Simmers hit a two-run, RBI-single to scoreWest and Bowman to stretch the Hokies lead to 3-0.
Virginia Tech added another run in the top of the fifth inning to take a 4-0lead when Brad Bauder doubled down the right field line before Hutchisondrove him in to score a run on an RBI-double off the left field wall.Virginia answered right back with a run of its own in the bottom half of theinning when Dan Street (1-3, run) walked before scoring a run on anRBI-double to center field by Robert Word (1-3, RBI) to make it a 4-1 contest.
However, the Hokies took a 6-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning whenRyan Murphy started the inning off with a double before scoring a run onHutchison’s RBI-single. Hutchison then came around to score a run himself onWest’s RBI-single to give Virginia Tech a five-run lead it would notrelinquish.
UVa starting pitcher Jeff Kamrath (1-2) took the loss after going 5.0 inningsand allowing four runs (one earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts. VT’sRunyon (3-3) pitched his second complete game of the year after going 9.0innings and allowing one run on six hits with a game-high seven strikeouts.
The Cavaliers’ Hunter Wyant finished 2-4 at the plate with a triple and adouble in the loss.
With the victory, Virginia Tech improves to 24-23-1 overall, while the lossdrops Virginia’s record to 24-26 on the season. The win snapped the Hokiesthree-game losing streak to the Cavaliers.
UVa will travel to Clemson, S.C. to face the Clemson Tigers in the Cavaliersfinal ACC series of the season on May 12-13. Virginia will play Clemson onSaturday, May 12th in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. before facing theTigers again on Sunday, May 13th at 2:00 p.m.