Virginia Baseball To Face Clemson Tigers In Final Regular Season ACC Series
May 7, 2001
Up Next For UVa: The Virginia Cavaliers (24-26, 9-12 ACC) will travel to Clemson, S.C. to face the Clemson Tigers (33-18, 14-7 ACC) in UVa’s final ACC regular season series. Virginia will play Clemson on Saturday, May 12th in a doubleheader that begins at 1:00 p.m. before facing the Tigers on Sunday, May 13th at 2:00 p.m. All three contests will be played at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
The Last Time They Met: Clemson defeated Virginia by the score of 12-5 on May 20, 2000 in the ACC Tournament at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, S.C.
Hokies Beat Cavaliers For The First Time This Season: After running off three consecutive wins over the Virginia Tech Hokies, the Virginia Cavaliers were handed a 6-1 loss by Virginia Tech (5/1) in Salem, Va. The Cavaliers defeated the Hokies 9-3 (4/17) and 7-4 (4/11) this season before the loss in Salem.
Hunter Wyant Breaks UVa Single Season Record For Triples: After recording a triple in Virginia’s 6-1 loss to Virginia Tech (May 1st), Hunter Wyant broke the former UVa’s single season record of six triples hit in a season with his seventh of the year. Wyant’s seventh triple this season broke a five-way tie for the former record of six that he shared with Brian Buchanan, Keith Kowalski, Jay West and Steve Bryant. Wyant now stands tied for sixth all-time at Virginia for most triples hit in a career with eight.
Creswell Named ACC Co-Pitcher Of The Week After Stifling Miami With Complete Game Shutout: For the third time this season, University of Virginia baseball player Brandon Creswell was honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference for his outstanding pitching performance. This time, Creswell was named the ACC Co-Pitcher of the Week after his instrumental role in leading UVa to a 5-0 shutout victory over the Miami Hurricanes (April 27th). He was also named the ACC Pitcher of the Week on April 16th and April 2nd.
Creswell, Virginia Shuts Out Miami Hurricanes In Coral Gables: Brandon Creswell, a fourth-year left handed pitcher, pitched a complete game shutout against Miami after going 9.0 innings and allowing no runs on just four hits while striking out a game-high nine batters. It was the first time the Miami Hurricanes were shutout at home since a 4-0 loss to Texas A&M back on May 29, 1995 in the NCAA Regionals.
Street & Wyant Lift Cavaliers To Victory: Dan Street and Hunter Wyant gave the UVa offense all the help it needed to beat the Miami Hurricanes on April 27. Street belted a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Wyant blasted a three-run home run in the fifth inning to lift Virginia to a 5-0 shutout victory over Miami.
Womack & Virginia, Two Games Under .500: With it’s 6-1 loss to Virginia Tech on May 1st, Virginia’s record fell two games under .500 at 24-26 overall for the season. Ironically, UVa head coach Dennis Womack’s career coaching record also fell two games under .500 with the loss. Womack’s overall coaching record now stands at 540-542-7 through 1089 games.
Kamrath Records First Collegiate Hit & RBI In Loss to GMU: UVa’s Jeff Kamrath recorded his first collegiate hit and RBI in Virginia’s 10-5 loss to George Mason (4/25). Kamrath connected on a double down the left field line for his first hit in a UVa uniform and drove in teammate Chris Sweet with an RBI, sacrifice fly to post his first collegiate run batted in.
George Mason Hands Virginia Second Consecutive Loss: The Cavaliers let an early 5-0 lead slip away as George Mason scored 10 unanswered runs to come away with a 10-5 victory over the visiting Cavaliers.
James Madison Ends Virginia’s Four-Game Win Streak: Virginia had its four-game win streak come to an end when James Madison defeated UVa by the score of 7-6 after 10 innings of play in Harrisonburg, Va. on April 24th. The Cavaliers four-game win streak was its second longest win streak of the season. Virginia opened the 2001 season by winning its first five contests from February 17-24, and also had another four-game win streak from March 12-16.
Dan Street Named ACC Player Of The Week: Dan Street, a third-year right-handed pitcher/infielder, led Virginia to a 4-1 record last week and turned in an outstanding performance as a batter, infielder and a pitcher. For the week, he finished 13-22 at the plate (.591 batting average) with two home runs, one triple and one double. Street also recorded eight RBI, scored seven runs and stole three bases. Aside from putting up lofty numbers at the plate, he also pitched a complete game (9.0 innings) and allowed only one run (unearned) on three hits with three strikeouts in UVa’s 6-1 victory over Maryland (4/20). It was the second time Street was honored by the ACC this season. On February 19th, he was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week.
Cavaliers Gather ACC Honor For The Fifth Time This Season: As of April 24, the ACC has nominated Virginia five times this season with either an ACC Pitcher or ACC Player of the Week selection. Dan Street was nominated twice by the ACC, once as the ACC Pitcher of the Week (February 19th) and again on April 23rd as the ACC Player of the Week. UVa’s Brandon Creswell was twice named the ACC Pitcher of the Week (April 2nd and April 16th) and Hunter Wyant was named the ACC Co-Player of the Week on March 19th.
Virginia Sweeps Maryland In ACC Series: Virginia’s three-game ACC series sweep over Maryland marked the first time that UVa swept Maryland in a three-game ACC series in Charlottesville, Va. since May 10-11, 1997. It also marked the first time that Virginia swept an ACC series at home against any conference opponent since accomplishing the feat against the Duke Blue Devils on March 19-20, 1999.
Stone Perfect At The Plate In Victory Over Maryland: David Stone was a perfect 4-4 at the plate and scored two runs in Virginia’s 9-6 victory over Maryland (4/22). Two of Stone’s four hits were bunt-singles that he executed perfectly to reach base safely.
Sweet Sets Career-High’s In Win Over Maryland: Chris Sweet had an outstanding game in Virginia’s 15-7 victory over Maryland (4/21). Sweet went an eye-opening 5-6 at the plate with five RBI and hit a triple, a double and scored a run for the Cavaliers in the win. The six at-bats, five RBI and five runs scored were all career-high’s for Sweet.
Street Paves Way To Victory Over Maryland: Dan Street pitched his fourth complete game of the season after going 9.0 innings and allowed only one run (unearned) in Virginia’s 6-1 victory over Maryland (4/20).
Hunter Goes Home One Last Time: In Virginia’s 9-6 victory over Maryland (4/22), Hunter Wyant hit a three-run, home run in his last game as a Cavalier at the UVa Baseball Field. Wyant’s home run turned a 1-0 deficit for Virginia into a 3-1 lead as the Cavaliers cruised to a three-run victory.
Five UVa Seniors Recognized On Senior Day: Virginia’s groups of five senior players: Jon Benick, Brandon Creswell, Will Parker, Mark Rueffert and Hunter Wyant were recognized in Virginia’s final 2001 regular season home game as the Cavaliers came away with a 9-6 victory over Maryland (4/22).
Virginia Blasts Virginia Tech 9-3 With Six Home Runs!: With its 9-3 victory over Virginia Tech (4/18), the Cavaliers earned their third consecutive win over the Hokies. But more impressive than the win itself was the way UVa did it. In the game, Virginia belted six home runs, including three consecutive home runs in the top of the fourth inning by Jon Benick, Mark Rueffert and Dan Street. It marked the first time that three Cavaliers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs since April 2, 1998 when Brian Sherlock, E,J. Anderson and Ryan Gilleland accomplished the feat at Richmond. Benick and Street each recorded a pair of solo home runs, while Doug Vroman hit his first collegiate home run and Rueffert posted his sixth home run of the season. Benick’s pair of home runs, his 14th and 15th of the season, marked the fourth time this year he has hit two home runs in a single game. Street’s home runs were his fifth and six of the season, respectively.
Cavaliers Cracking The Virginia Record Book: Several members of the UVa baseball team have already broken into or are near breaking into the Top 10 all-time statistical categories at Virginia. Here’s a look at where some of the Cavaliers rank all-time at UVa (as of 4/30):
Category Name Rank No.Home Run Jon Benick 2nd 34Runs Battled In Jon Benick 4th 156Total Bases Jon Benick 5th 359Hits Jon Benick 7th 213At Bats Jon Benick 7th 677Doubles Jon Benick 7th 42Innings Pitched Brandon Creswell 1st 332.1Games Started Brandon Creswell 1st 47Wins Brandon Creswell 3rd 20Strikeouts Brandon Creswell 3rd 253Appearances Brandon Creswell 5th 68Hits Mark Rueffert 9th 203Stolen Bases David Stone 4th 53Base on Balls David Stone 5th 109Triples Hunter Wyant 6th 9Hits Hunter Wyant 9th 203Doubles Hunter Wyant 12th 38
UVa’s Brandon Creswell Named ACC Pitcher Of The Week Again: For the second time this season, Brandon Creswell has been named the ACC Pitcher of the week. Creswell gather the honor for April 16th after going 2-0 for the week in a 7-4 victory over Virginia Tech (April 11th) before leading Virginia to a 5-2 win over North Carolina on April 15th. He allowed only one earned run and posted 10 strikeouts through 14 innings combine in both contests. Against the Hokies, Creswell pitched 5.0 innings and allowed no runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Against the Tar Heels, he allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and pitched a complete game. Creswell was also name the ACC Pitcher of the Week on April 2nd.
Creswell Paces Cavaliers To Victory Over Tar Heels: LHP Brandon Creswell won his sixth game of the season after he led Virginia to a 5-2 victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels by pitching a complete game (9.0 innings) and allowing only two runs (one earned) on six hits with a game-high six strikeouts.
Creswell, Sweet & Wyant Power Virginia To 5-4 Win Over Virginia Tech: The UVa trio of Brandon Creswell, Chris Sweet and Hunter Wyant came up big for the Cavaliers in their 5-4 victory over Virginia Tech (4/11). Creswell pitched 5.0 scoreless innings en route to his fifth victory of the year (5-2), while Sweet and Wyant highlighted the Virginia offense by each going 3-5 at the plate. Sweet recorded two runs, an RBI and a double while Wyant tallied two RBI.
Cavaliers Snap Losing Streak With Victory Over Hokies: With its 5-4 victory over Virginia Tech on April 11th, Virginia ended its season-high, eight-game losing streak. The victory was Virginia’s second consecutive win over Virginia Tech following last year’s 5-4 win over the Hokies on May 2, 2000 in Salem, Va.
Virginia’s Record Falls Below .500 For The First Time This Season: After its 5-4 loss to Liberty on April 10th, Virginia fell below .500 (17-18) for the first time this season. Prior to the Liberty contest, the Cavaliers had maintained a .500 record or better the entire year. UVa started the season with a 5-0 record before dipping to 7-7 through 14 games. Since then, Virginia has won 17 of its last 36 contests to move to 24-26. The Cavaliers were 22-27-1 through 50 games in 2000 and only had a winning record one time (11-10-1) for the entire year last season.
Sweet Records First Collegiate Home Run: Second-year, right fielder Chris Sweet recorded his first collegiate home run after hitting a solo shot to left field in the top of the sixth inning in Virginia’s 4-1 loss to Wake Forest (4/8).
Wake Forest Sweeps Virginia In ACC Series: The Cavaliers were swept for the second time this season in an ACC series, this time by the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Wake Forest defeated Virginia by the scores of 9-8 on March 6th, 14-8 on March 7th and 4-1 on March 8th to claim the three-game series at Hooks Stadium. Florida State also swept UVa this season back on March 9-11.
Brandon Creswell Named ACC Pitcher Of The Week: Fourth-year, left handed pitcher Brandon Creswell was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week after his role in leading UVa to a 3-1 victory over the #3 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on March 30th. Creswell turned in a stellar performance in the Cavaliers win over the Yellow Jackets. He pitched a compete game (9.0 innings) and tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts while allowing only one run (unearned) in Virginia’s victory.
Virginia Ends 13-Game Home Stand With 8-4 Record: The Cavaliers wrapped up their 13 game mid-season home stand with a record of 8-4 (.667). UVa played 12 of its scheduled 13 games after the Brown contest for March 29th was cancelled due to inclement weather. Virginia began its home stand by winning two of three games against Duke (March 16-18), defeating George Mason 13-9 (March 19), dropping an 8-2 decision to VCU (March 20), winning two of three games against N.C. State (March 23-25), defeating Richmond 1-0 (March 27) and winning one of three games against Georgia Tech (March 30-April 1).
Creswell and Word Lead Virginia Past #3 Georgia Tech: UVa’s Brandon Creswell and Robert Word came up huge for the Cavaliers in Virginia’s 3-1 victory over Georgia Tech (3/30). Creswell pitched a complete game and allowed only one run (unearned) on seven hits while recording a game-high 11 strikeouts, while Word recorded the game-winning hit after blasting a two-run, home run to deep left-center field. Words hit broke open a 1-1 tie and gave UVa a 3-1 win.
Virginia’s Game With Brown Cancelled: UVa’s game with the Brown Bears for Thursday, March 29th at 3:00 p.m. was cancelled due to inclement weather in the Charlottesville area.
Hickman Records First Complete Game Shutout Since 1997: First-year pitcher Canon Hickman recorded his second win of the season in Virginia’s 1-0 victory over Richmond (3/27) and he became the first UVa pitcher to throw a complete-game shutout since Casey Kennedy accomplished the feat on April 26, 1997 against Duke.
Virginia’s Earns First Shutout Of 2001 Season: UVa tallied its first shutout of the 2001 season in the Cavaliers 1-0 victory over the Richmond Spiders (3/27). The last time Virginia shutout an opponent was on April 26, 2000 in a 1-0 victory over UNC-Greensboro.
Vroman Records Game-Winning Hit In Victory Over Richmond: Center fielder Doug Vroman recorded the game-winning hit when he connected on an RBI-double that scored teammate Chris Sweet in the fifth inning during Virginia’s 1-0 victory over Richmond (3/27).
Benick Blasts His Way To Top Of ACC: UVa’s Jon Benick hit his 10th and 11th home runs of the season in Virginia’s 10-2 victory over N.C. State on March 24th. As of March 26th, Benick leads the ACC with 11 home runs. His 11 home runs through 25 games this season is already four more home runs than he hit all of last season when he posted seven in 2000.
Lucky 13 For Wyant?: With his sixth triple of the season against N.C. State on March 25th, UVa’s short stop Hunter Wyant recorded a hit in 13 consecutive games. Heading into Virginia’s game with Richmond (3/27), Wyant also had 13 multiple-hit games for the Cavaliers this season. He recorded two four-hits games, three three-hit games and eight two-hit games this year.
Virginia Takes Two Of Three Against N.C. State: Virginia won two of its three games in its ACC weekend series with the N.C. State Wolfpack (March 23-25). The Cavaliers won the first two games 8-7 (3/23) and 10-2 (3/24) before the Wolfpack recorded a 10-3 victory in the final game of the series (3/25). With the two victories, UVa improves to 59-84-1 all-time against NCSU.
Street & Christensen Equal Game Winning Combo: UVa’s Dan Street and Eric Christensen proved to be the right combination needed for the Cavaliers in Virginia’s 8-7 victory over N.C. State (3/23). In the bottom of the ninth inning and the scored tied at 7-7 with two outs, Street recorded the game-winning hit when he drove in Christensen (who singled up the middle to get on base) to score the game-winning run in the Cavaliers 8-7 victory.
Koshansky Records First Career ACC Win As A Pitcher: First-year, LHP Joseph Koshansky recorded his first career ACC victory in Virginia’s 10-2 win over N.C. State (3/24). Koshansky pitched 7.1 innings and allowed only two runs on 10 hits to go along with a team-high five strikeouts.
Marinak Records First Career Victory As A Pitcher: UVa’s RHP Chris Marinak recorded his first collegiate win as a Cavalier in Virginia’s 8-7 victory over N.C. State (3/23). Although he only pitched 0.2 innings, Marinak did not allow a run and it was enough to give him his first win against the Wolfpack.
Stone’s Streak Ends At 20 Games: Third-year left fielder David Stone had his 20-game hitting streak end in Virginia’s 8-2 loss to VCU (3/20). After going hitless in UVa’s 9-1 season opening victory over the U.S. Naval Academy, Stone hit safely in the next 20 games for the Cavaliers prior to the VCU contest.
What A Week For Wyant, Named ACC Co-POW: Senior short stop Hunter Wyant had an unbelievable week of performances as he helped the Cavaliers go 5-1 over a stretch of six games (March 12-18) and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Player of the Week. He shared the honor with Wake Forest’s Cory Sullivan. Wyant went 15-22 (.682) at the plate with 12 RBI, 11 runs scored, four triples, three doubles, one home run and two stolen bases. Included in his outstanding week of performances, Wyant hit for the cycle in UVa’s 18-7 victory against High Point on March 12th. In that game, Wyant went 4-5 with five RBI and three runs scored after he hit a double in his first at-bat, a home run in his second appearance, a triple in his third trip to the plate and a single in his fourth batting appearance of the game.
Word Drives In Game Winning Run Against GMU: Virginia’s Robert Word (1-2, two RBI, run) entered the game as a pinch hitter in UVa’s 13-9 victory over George Mason (3/19) and made his presence felt as he recorded the game-winning hit (a two-run, RBI-double to left field) that scored teammates Hunter Wyant and Mark Rueffert to give Virginia the lead for good at 10-9.
Kamrath Gathers First Collegiate Win: RHP Jeff Kamrath posted his first collegiate win in Virginia’s 13-9 victory over George Mason (3/19). Kamrath pitched 3.1 innings and allowed no runs or hits en route to gathering the victory.
Virginia Takes Two Of Three Against Duke: The Cavaliers won two of its three games in its three-game ACC series with the Duke Blue Devils (March 16-18). Virginia won the first game 4-3 before dropping its second contest against Duke by the score of 12-11. UVa bounced back and won the third contest by the score of 14-5 to claim the series.
Creswell Guns Down 11 Batters In Victory: Senior LHP Brandon Creswell became the first UVa pitcher since Jon Metzger (10 strikeouts on March 17, 1999 vs. UNC-Greensboro) to record at least 10 strikeouts in a single game. Creswell tallied 11 strikeouts in Virginia’s 4-3 victory over the Duke Blue Devils on March 18th.
Four Cavaliers Record Three Hits Each In Virginia’s 14-5 Victory Over Duke: The group of Jon Benick, David Stone, Robert Word and Hunter Wyant each went 3-5 at the plate in Virginia’s 14-5 victory over the Duke Blue Devils on March 18th.
Wyant Hits For “The Cycle” In Virginia’s Win: UVa short stop Hunter Wyant accomplished one of baseball’s rare feats when hit for the cycle in UVa’s 18-7 victory over High Point (3/12). Wyant hit a double in his first at-bat, recorded a two-run home run in his second trip to the plate, posted a two-run triple in his third batting appearance and tallied a single in his fourth at-bat of the contest.
Benick Hits Three Home Runs In Two Games: UVa third baseman Jon Benick recorded three home runs in a two-game stretch, leading Virginia to back-to-back victories over High Point (3/12) and UNC-Greensboro (3/13). Against High Point, Benick finished 2-5 with six RBI, two runs scored and one home run in the Cavaliers 18-7 win. Against UNCG, Benick went 2-4 at the plate with three RBI, two runs scored and recorded two home runs in UVa’s 6-3 victory.
Cavaliers Take 1-0 Lead On Three Solo Home Runs In Three Different Games Against Seminoles: Although Virginia lost all three of its games to Florida State (9-2, 16-1, 2-1) in its ACC series with FSU, UVa jumped out to a 1-0 lead in each of the three games on solo home runs. In the first game of the series (3/10), Jon Benick hit a home run to deep center field in the top of the first inning. In the second contest with Florida State (game two of a doubleheader on 3/10), Dan Street hit a home run to left-center field. In game three, Robert Word hit a home run off the FSU scoreboard in left field in the top of the third inning (3/11).
Zimmerer Records First Collegiate Victory: First-year LHP Alan Zimmerer recorded his first collegiate win as a pitcher in Virginia’s 18-7 win over High Point (3/12). Zimmerer pitched a career-high 5.0 innings and struck out three batters in the victory.
Hickman Records First Collegiate Victory: First-year pitcher Canon Hickman recorded his first collegiate win as a pitcher in Virginia’s 12-2 victory over UNC-Greensboro (3/14). Hickman pitched six scoreless innings while scattering three hits while recording four strikeouts.
Weather Causes Cancellations With Seton Hall & Old Dominion: Due to inclement weather, Virginia’s scheduled games with Seton Hall (3/4) and Old Dominion (3/6) have been cancelled. The SHU contest was cancelled due to heavy rain, while the ODU game was called due to low temperatures and wind.
Koshansky Goes The Distance In UVa’s 2-1 Victory Over Seton Hall: LHP Joseph Koshansky pitched a complete game (9.0 innings) and allowed only one run (unearned) on seven hits with four strikeouts in Virginia’s 2-1 victory over Seton Hall (3/3).
Riesenfeld Records Game-Winning Hit: UVa catcher Andrew Riesenfeld recorded the game-winning hit when he posted an RBI-double that scored teammate Mark Rueffert in the bottom of the seventh inning during Virginia’s 2-1 victory over Seton Hall (3/3).
Stone Shines For UVa In Loss: Left fielder David Stone finished 3-5 at the plate with two doubles and an RBI in Virginia’s 9-4 loss to Seton Hall (3/3).
Collins & Gale Make UVa Debut Against Seton Hall: First-year pitchers Ty Collins and Christopher Gale each made their UVa debut against Seton Hall (3/3). Collins pitched 2.0 innings and recorded two strikeouts, while Gale pitched 1.0 inning and posted one strikeout.
Cavaliers Gather First Road Win Of 2001 Season: With its 13-10 victory at Liberty (3/1), Virginia earned its first road game victory of the 2001 season.
Benick Blasts Back-To-Back Home Runs In Victory Over Liberty: In Virginia’s 13-10 victory over Liberty (3/1), Jon Benick had an outstanding showing and was a one-man wrecking crew against the Flames’ pitchers. Benick finished 3-6 at the plate with four RBI and two runs scored and hit two home runs in his first two at-bats in the contest. He became the first Cavalier since Ben Himes (April 29, 2000 at Maryland) to hit two home runs in a game.
Five Cavaliers Record Three Hits Against Liberty: Hunter Wyant (3-5), Andrew Riesenfeld (3-5) , Chris Sweet (3-5), Jon Benick (3-6) and Dan Street (3-6) each posted three hits apiece in Virginia’s 13-10 victory over Liberty (3/1).
Starr Records First Win Of 2001 Season: Alexander “Shooter” Starr pitched 2.0 innings and recorded three strikeouts as he closed out the game to earn his first victory of the season in Virginia’s 13-10 win over Liberty (3/1).
Virginia Records 20 Hits In Victory Over Liberty: The Cavaliers recorded 20 hits in a game for the first time since Virginia’s 20-hit outing against Duke on March 20, 1999.
Cavaliers Drop First Road Game Of 2001 Season: Virginia lost its first road game of the 2001 season after UVa dropping a 7-6 decision in 11 innings to the VCU Rams at The Diamond in Richmond, Va (2/28).
Vroman & Sweet Come Up Big For Virginia in Close Loss: Doug Vroman (4-5, 3 runs, 2 RBI, double) and Chris Sweet (3-5, run) came up big for Virginia in the Cavaliers 7-6 loss at VCU (2/28). Vroman’s had a career day at the plate. His five at-bats, four hits, three runs and two RBI were all career-highs. Sweet tied two career-highs with his five at-bats and three hits.
Hurrie Makes First Appearance: RHP Mark Hurrie made his first start of the 2001 season at VCU (2/28). Hurrie pitched four innings in the 7-6 loss.
Rueffert Hits UVa’s First Grand Slam Since 1998: Mark Rueffert hit a grand slam for UVa in Virginia’s 15-4 victory over Penn State (2/24). Rueffert’s grand slam was the first by a UVa player since Julian Gonzalez hit one on February 28, 1998 against Seton Hall.
Rueffert Records Game-Winning Hit: With the game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Mark Rueffert recorded the game-winning hit when he ripped the ball up the middle to center field to score teammate Shawn McCleary, giving Virginia a 6-5 victory over Penn State (2/24).
Stone Has A Huge Day At The Plate: David Stone was a key contributor in Virginia’s 15-4 victory over Penn State (2/24). The left fielder went 4-5 (including a double) at the plate and recorded three RBI and three runs in the victory.
Creswell Improves To 2-0: LHP Brandon Creswell improved his pitching record to 2-0 after throwing 7.0 innings in Virginia’s 15-4 victory over Penn State (2/24). He allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits with a game-high five strikeouts.
Vroman Records Three Runs, Two Hits And One RBI in First Collegiate Game At-Bat: UVa center fielder Doug Vroman went 2-5 at the plate with three runs scored and one RBI in his first game with at-bats. Vroman was making his batting and center fielding debut after appearing in six games last season as a pitcher.
McCleary Helps Spark UVa To 6-5 Win: OF Shawn McCleary finished 3-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored to help Virginia pull out a 6-5 victory over Penn State (2/24). McCleary scored the game-winning run when teammate Mark Rueffert ripped a single up the middle to allow McCleary to score.
Starr Shines In Limited Action: RHP Shooter Starr recorded three strikeouts and held seven Penn State batters hitless through 2.0 innings of work in UVa’s 15-4 win over the Nittany Lions (2/24).
Hansard Hits Form: LHP Greg Hansard hit his form in Virginia’s 6-5 victory over Penn State (2/24). Hansard recorded his first collegiate win and struck out two of the three batters he faced in the Cavaliers one-run victory to help preserve the Virginia win.
Cavaliers Win 2001 Home Opener: Virginia opened its 2001 season with a great start, a 9-1 victory against the U.S. Naval Academy (2/17). Virginia went on to win all three games of the weekend series with Navy (9-1, 10-3, 6-2). Last season, UVa tied Old Dominion by the score of 14-14 in their 2000 home opener.
Rueffert Red-Hot!: UVa catcher Mark Rueffert had an outstanding three-game series against Navy (Feb. 17-18). For the series, Rueffert finished 6-10 (.600) at the plate with five RBI and four runs scored. He gathered 15 putouts and hit Virginia’s first home run of the season in the series.
Koshansky Makes UVa Debut In Style: First-year pitcher/designated hitter Joseph Koshansky had a superb start to his UVa baseball career. After going 1-2 at the plate with a run scored in Virginia’s season-opening 9-1 victory over Navy (2/17) as the designated hitter, Koshansky took the mound in the next game and pitched seven strong innings and struck out a game-high seven batters en route to his first collegiate win as a pitcher.
Street Shines in Pitching Appearance, Named ACC Pitcher of the Week: Third-year pitcher/second baseman Dan Street picked right up this year where he left off from last season on the mound. Street, who finished 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA in 2000, pitched seven scoreless innings by striking out a game-high six batters and allowed only two hits in Virginia’s 6-2 victory over Navy – his first pitching appearance of the season. For his accomplishment, he was named the ACC Pitcher of the Week.
Rueffert, Benick And Word Go Yard: UVa catcher Mark Rueffert hit Virginia’s first home run of the season, a three-run shot in Virginia’s 9-1 victory over Navy (2/17). Third baseman Jon Benick and first baseman Robert Word followed Rueffert’s lead, and the pair each recorded a two-run shot in Virginia’s 10-3 victory over Navy in the next game.
Creswell Opens Season In Winning Fashion: Fourth-year pitcher Brandon Creswell opened the 2001 season as one of UVa’s top pitchers, and looked exactly like one after pitching a complete game in Virginia’s 9-1 season-opening victory over Navy (2/17). Creswell pitched nine innings and allowed only one run to go along with his game-high six strikeouts.
Wyant Posts Virginia’s First Extra-Base Hit In 2001: UVa short stop Hunter Wyant recorded Virginia’s first extra-base hit of the season. Wyant went 2-4 at the plate with a run scored and hit a triple in Virginia’s 9-1 victory over Navy (2/17).
Womack’s Coaching Numbers Keep Rising: On March 11th, 2000, Dennis Womack coached in his 1000th career game as a head coach when Virginia faced Eastern Michigan. Four days later (March 15), Womack earned his 500th career victory as a head coach when Virginia defeated Princeton by the score of 5-2. Although the win was just another victory to Womack, the victory marked yet another one of his many great accomplishments as head coach of the Virginia baseball program. Last season, Virginia finished 26-31-1 overall, 10-14 in the ACC. After opening the 2000 season with a slow start, the Cavaliers cruised en route to winning 26 of their remaining 51 games. UVa went 26-25 (.510) in that span, including a 2-2 mark in the ACC Tournament. With the exception of Georgia Tech, the Cavaliers won at least one game against every conference opponent in their regular season series with ACC schools. Womack’s overall coaching record now stands at 540-542-7 through 1089 games.
Virginia Tabbed Seventh In 2001 ACC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll: The Atlantic Coast Conference’s nine head coaches picked the University of Virginia baseball team to finish seventh in the 2001 ACC Preseason Baseball Coaches Poll. The Cavaliers return 15 lettermen and four starters from last seasons team that finished 26-31-1 overall, 10-14 in the conference.
2001 ACC Coaches Preseason Baseball Poll
1. Georgia Tech (9) 812. Clemson 693. Florida State 644. Wake Forest 555. North Carolina 405. N.C. State 407. VIRGINIA 268. Duke 189. Maryland 12
2001 Cavalier Firsts
BattingAt bat: David Stone (2/17 vs. Navy)Hit: Hunter Wyant (triple on 2/17 vs. Navy)Run: Mark Rueffert (2/17 vs. Navy)RBI: Chris Sweet (2/17 vs. Navy)Extra-base hit: Hunter Wyant (triple on 2/17 vs. Navy)Double: Shawn McCleary (2/17 vs. Navy)Triple: Hunter Wyant (2/17 vs. Navy)Home run: Mark Rueffert (2/17 vs. Navy)Base runner: Hunter Wyant (2/17 vs. Navy)Walk: Dan Street (2/17 vs. Navy)Strike out: Dan Street (2/17 vs. Navy)Hit batsman: Dan Street (2/24 vs. Penn State)Sacrifice bunt: David Stone (2/17 vs. Navy)Sacrifice fly: Mark Rueffert (2/17 vs. Navy)Stolen base attempt: Jon Benick (2/17 vs. Navy)Stolen base: Jon Benick (2/17 vs. Navy)Caught stealing: Mark Rueffert (2/17 vs. Navy)
PitchingWin: Brandon Creswell (2/17 vs. Navy)Loss: Alan Zimmerer (2/25 vs. Penn State)Save: Jeffery Kamrath (2/17 vs. Navy)Complete game: Brandon Creswell (2/17 vs. Navy)Shutout: Canaon Hickman (3/27 vs. Richmond)Strike out: Brandon Creswell (2/17 vs. Navy)Walk: Brandon Creswell (2/17 vs. Navy)Wild pitch: Joseph Koshansky (2/17 vs. Navy)Hit batsman: Alexander “Shooter” Starr (2/17 vs. Navy)Balk: Mark Hurrie (2/28 @ VCU).
2001 Big Innings
VirginiaFirst: 7, vs Duke (3/18)Second: 4, @ Liberty (3/1)Third: 5, @ High Point (3/12), vs. Maryland (4/22)Fourth: 4, @ UNC-Greensboro (3/14), @ George Mason (4/25)Fifth: 8, vs. Navy (2/17)Sixth: 10, vs. Penn State (2/24)Seventh: 6, George Mason (3/19), vs. Maryland (4/21)Eighth: 4, @ James Madison (4/24)Ninth: 3, vs, William & Mary (2/27), vs. Liberty (3/1)Tenth: 0.Eleventh: 0.
OpponentFirst: 3, Georgia Tech (3/31), @ Richmond (4/3), vs. Virginia Tech (5/1)Second: 4, vs. VCU (3/20), @ Richmond (4/3), @ Miami (4/29)Third: 6, @ Florida State (3/10), @ Richmond (4/3)Fourth: 9, Georgia Tech (4/1)Fifth: 5, @ Florida State (3/10)Sixth: 4, George Mason (3/19)Seventh: 11, @ Wake Forest (4/7)Eighth: 4, vs. N.C. State (3/25), @ Wake Forest (4/6), vs. Virginia Tech (4/11)Ninth: 3, vs. William & Mary (2/27), vs. Duke (3/18), Georgia Tech (3/31)Tenth: 1, vs. Penn State (2/25), vs. James Madison (4/24)Eleventh: 1, @ VCU (2/28), vs. Liberty (4/10)
2001 Home Runs
No. Player (Runs) Date Opponent (game)1. Mark Rueffert (3) 2/17 Navy (1)2. Jon Benick (2) 2/17 Navy (2)3. Robert Word (2) 2/17 Navy (2)4. Mark Rueffert (4) 2/24 Penn State (4)5. Jon Benick (2) 3/1 @ Liberty (9)6. Jon Benick (2) 3/1 @ Liberty (9)7. Mark Rueffert (1) 3/3 Seton Hall (10)8. Jon Benick (1) 3/10 @ Florida State (12)9. Dan Street (1) 3/10 @ Florida State (13)10. Robert Word (1) 3/11 @ Florida State (14)11. Jon Benick (3) 3/12 @ High Point (15)12. Hunter Wyant (2) 3/12 @ High Point (15)13. Jon Benick (2) 3/13 @ UNC-Greensboro (16)14. Jon Benick (1) 3/13 @ UNC-Greensboro (16)15. Dan Street (2) 3/17 Duke (19)16. Jon Benick (2) 3/18 Duke (20)17. Jon Benick (1) 3/19 George Mason (21)18. Hunter Wyant (1) 3/19 George Mason (21)19. Jon Benick (1) 3/24 N.C. State (24)20. Jon Benick (1) 3/24 N.C. State (24)21. Dan Street (1) 3/24 N.C. State (24)22. Robert Word (2) 3/30 Georgia Tech (27)23. Mark Rueffert (1) 4/5 @ Radford (31)24. Dan Street (1) 4/6 @ Wake Forest (32)25. Hunter Wyant (1) 4/7 @ Wake Forest (33)26. Jon Benick (2) 4/7 @ Wake Forest (33)27. Chris Sweet (1) 4/8 @ Wake Forest (34)28. Hunter Wyant (2) 4/13 @ North Carolina (37)29. Jon Benick (2) 4/13 @ North Carolina (37)30. Mark Rueffert (1) 4/17 James Madison (40)31. Jon Benick (1) 4/18 @ Virginia Tech (41)32. Mark Rueffert (1) 4/18 @ Virginia Tech (41)33. Dan Street (1) 4/18 @ Virginia Tech (41)34. Jon Benick (1) 4/18 @ Virginia Tech (41)35. Doug Vroman (1) 4/18 @ Virginia Tech (41)36. Dan Street (1) 4/18 @ Virginia Tech (41)37. Hunter Wyant (3) 4/22 Maryland (44)38. Hunter Wyant (1) 4/24 @ James Madison (45)39. Jon Benick (2) 4/24 @ James Madison (45)40. Dan Street (3) 4/25 @ George Mason (46)41. Dan Street (2) 4/27 @ Miami (47)42. Hunter Wyant (3) 4/27 @ Miami (47)43. Robert Word (1) 4/28 @ Miami (48)44. Jon Benick (4) 4/29 @ Miami (49)
Solo HRs: 242-Run HRs: 133-Run HRs: 5Grand Slams: 2
The last time Virginia ...
Won 8 or more consecutive games: February 15 — March 4, 1998 (9)Won 10 or more consecutive games: March — April, 1947 (10)Lost five or more consecutive games: March 31 — April 10, 2001 (8)Scored 20 or more runs in a game: 21 vs. Seton Hall — March 3, 1996Had 20 or more hits in a game: 21 vs. Maryland — April 21, 2001Hit consecutive home runs: Mark Rueffert and Dan Street @ Virginia Tech — April 18, 2001Hit three consecutive home runs: Jon Benick, Mark Rueffert and Dan Street @ Virginia Tech — April 18, 2001Shutout consecutive opponents: vs. Seton Hall (8-0 and 4-0) — March 2, 1996 (DH)Was shut out: vs. Wake Forest (4-0) — March 24, 2000Was shut out in two consecutive games: at ODU (0-1) — Feb. 24, 1999and vs. Seton Hall (0-8) — Feb. 27, 1999Swept an ACC doubleheader: vs. Maryland — May 10, 1997Was swept in an ACC doubleheader: @ Florida State — March 10, 2001Swept an ACC series at home: vs. Maryland — April 20-22, 2001Was swept in an ACC series at home: vs. Florida State — May 9-10, 1998Swept an ACC series on the road: at Maryland — April 27-28, 1990 (2 games)Was swept in an ACC series on the road: @ Wake Forest — April 6-8, 2001
The last time a Cavalier …
Hit two home runs in a game: Jon Benick and Dan Street @ Virginia Tech — April 18, 2001Hit three home runs in a game: naHit a grand slam: Jon Benick @ Miami — April 29, 2001Hit an inside-the-park home run: naHit a pinch-hit home run: Robert Word (solo home run) @ Miami — April 28, 2001Hit a game-winning home run: Dan Street (two run) @ Miami — April 27, 2001Hit for the cycle: Hunter Wyant @ High Point — March 12, 2001Had four or more hits in a game: David Stone (4) vs. Maryland — April 22, 2001Had five or more hits in a game: Chris Sweet (5) vs. Maryland — April 21, 2001Had five or more RBI in a game: Chris Sweet (5) vs. Maryland — April 21, 2001Had six or more RBI in a game: Jon Benick (6) @ High Point — March 12, 2001Stole three or more bases in a game: naHad 10 or more strike outs in a game: Brandon Creswell (11) vs. Georgia Tech — March 30, 2001Had 15 or more strike outs in a game: naPitched a complete game: Brandon Creswell (9.0) @ Miami — April 27, 2001Pitched a nine-inning, complete-game shutout: Brandon Creswell (9.0) @ Miami — April 27, 2001Pitched a no-hitter: naPitched a perfect game: na
ACC Series Sweeps
UVa in Charlottesville...Clemson: May 6-7, 1972Duke: March 19-20, 1999 (2)Florida State: NeverGeorgia Tech: March 28-29, 1987 (2)Maryland: April 20-22, 2001North Carolina: May 6, 1961 (2)N.C. State: May 15, 1970 (2)Wake Forest: April 19-21, 1996
UVa on the road …Clemson: NeverDuke: March 25, 1989 (2)Florida State: NeverGeorgia Tech: April 15-16, 1980 (2)Maryland: April 27-28, 1990 (2)North Carolina: none on recordN.C. State: May 9, 1969 (2)Wake Forest: April 29, 1972 (2)
Opponent vs. UVa in Charlottesville …Clemson: April 1-3, 1994Duke: April 12, 1968 (2)Florida State: May 9-10, 1998Georgia Tech: March 11-13, 1994Maryland: April 18, 1979 (2)North Carolina: April 8-10, 1994N.C. State: April 17-18, 1993Wake Forest: April 24-26, 1998
Opponent vs. UVa on the road …Clemson: March 14-16, 1997Duke: March 13-15, 1998Florida State: March 10-11, 2001Georgia Tech: April 14-16, 2000Maryland: April 29-May 1, 1994North Carolina: April 16-18, 1999N.C. State: March 25-26, 1994Wake Forest: April 6-8, 2001