Virginia Baseball Falls to Virginia Commonwealth, 13-7
Feb. 26, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team was dealt its first home loss of the 2002 season after suffering a 13-7 setback to the visiting Virginia Commonwealth Rams this afternoon at the UVa Baseball Stadium. After both teams traded runs in the first inning, the Rams went on to score 12 of the next 15 runs en route to a six-run victory.
Virginia Commonwealth jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Rigo Orozco hit a RBI-double to left field to drive in Bryan Gillespie, giving the Rams a one-run lead. The Cavaliers knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning when David Stone walked and later scored a run on a RBI-ground out by Mark Reynolds.
VCU regained the lead in the top of the third inning when Jose Pabon hit a RBI-double down the right field line to drive in Gillespie to make it a 2-1 contest. In the Rams next at-bat, Nick Jones hit a two-run RBI-double to left field that scored Joe Jackson and Pabon to give Virginia Commonwealth a 4-1 advantage. UVa cut into VCU’s lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Kyle Werman hit a RBI-sacrifice fly to shallow center field with the bases loaded, scoring Chris Sweet from third base to make it a 4-2 game.
The Rams extended their lead to 7-2 in the top of the fifth inning when Pabon belted a three-run home run to left field off of relief pitcher Ty Collins. Four batters later, Jeff Parrish hit a RBI-single to right field to drive in Danny Lopaze, giving VCU an 8-2 lead. With the bases loaded four batters later, Matt Davis walked and Justin Mattison scored a run to push the lead to 9-2.
Virginia added a run in the bottom half of the fifth inning when Reynolds blasted a solo home run off the scoreboard in deep left field to make it a 9-3 game. However, VCU answered right back with a run of its own when Lopaze hit a RBI-single to right field to score Pabon, giving the Rams a 10-3 lead.
Virginia Commonwealth recorded another run in the top of the seventh inning when Gillespie hit a RBI-double to deep center field to drive in Davis, who walked and then scored from first base to make the score 11-3. Virginia responded with a run of its own in the bottom of the seventh inning when Kyle Werman hit a triple into the right field corner before he scored a run on two batters later on Shawn McCleary’s RBI-single that dropped into shallow right field. But VCU added two more runs to its total when Mattison and Gerrity each singled and then scored a run on RBI-singles by Davis and Gillespie to give the Rams a 13-4 lead.
Just when it appeared VCU was going to run away with the game, UVa made it interesting by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning highlighted by a two-run RBI-double to center field by Stone to cut Virginia Commonwealth’s lead to 13-7. The Cavaliers’ Sweet, Joe Koshansky and Werman each scored a run in the rally.
However, the Rams’ Brian Marshall closed out the game and would not allow a late cavaliers comeback, allowing VCU to pull out a 13-7 win.
Virginia Commonwealth’s Bo Acors (2-1) picked up the victory after pitching seven innings and allowing four runs on 10 hits with a game-high five strikeouts. UVa’s Koshansky (0-1) took the loss after surrendering six runs on five hit through 4.11 innings of work.
With the loss, Virginia falls to 5-2 overall, while the victory improves VCU’s record to 6-8 on the season.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Wednesday, February 27th when Virginia travels to Williamsburg, Va. to face the William & Mary Tribe at 3:00 p.m. Virginia Commonwealth will return to home action on Saturday, March 2nd in a doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Game Scoring 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H EVCU (6-8) 1 0 3 0 5 1 1 2 0 13 19 0Virginia (5-2) 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 7 13 2
WP- Acors (2-1).LP- Koshansky (0-1).Save - None.2B: VCU 4 - Gillespie, Orozco, Pabon, Jones. UVa 1 - Stone.3B: UVa 2 - Sweet, Werman.HR: UVa 1 - Reynolds. VCU 1 - Pabon.LOB: VCU 12, UVa 7.DP: UVa 1, VCU 1.SF: UVa 1 - Werman.SH: None.SB: VCU 2 - Gillespie (2), UVa 1 - Sweet.CS: None.E: UVa 2 - Werman, Spooner.Attendance: 251.
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