Virginia Baseball Defeats William & Mary, 5-3
Feb. 27, 2002
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team posted a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the William & Mary Tribe at Plumeri Park. Trailing 3-1 in the eighth inning, UVa score four unanswered run and came away with its sixth win of the season.
Cavalier pitcher Chris Marinak, the final UVA hurler, earned his first win of the season, pitching the final 2 2/3 frames, allowing one hit and striking out two. Tribe closer Chris Ray (Tampa, FL) was charged with his first loss of the season after giving up four hits and two unearned runs in 1 1/3 innings.
The loss dampened Tribe starter Whitt Farr’s (Danville, VA) dominating afternoon on the hill. Farr worked 7 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and striking out nine. The junior right-hander allowed the first batter of the game to reach on a base hit, and would not allow another base runner to reach base until the seventh inning.
The Tribe scored first in the bottom of the first. Michael Brown (Richmond, VA) reached when he was hit by a pitch, and would score on Marshall Hubbard’s (Ashland, VA) third double of the season, giving the College an early 1-0 lead.
Tacking on another run in the second, Trey Wakefield (Dallas, TX) led off with a single to left, moved to second on wild pitch, and advanced to third on Matt Kirby‘s (King William, VA) single to left. He came home on Will Rhymes (Houston, TX) single to right, giving the Tribe a 2-0 lead after two innings.
That would be all of the scoring until the seventh, when the Tribe tacked on its final run of the game. Hubbard beat out an infield single, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a walk to Matt McGuire (Vinton, VA). Kirby followed with a towering fly ball to medium-range left field, allowing Hubbard to tag up from third to increase the lead to 3-0.
UVA got on the board in the seventh. Dan Street hit a one out triple to left-center field, and he scored on a groundout to second.After cruising through seven innings, Farr started the eighth by getting a strikeout and a fly ball to quickly attain two outs in the inning. But he began to tire, and after issuing his only walk of the game, coach Jim Farr brought in Ray to end the inning.
Ray coaxed a fly ball by UVA leadoff hitter David Stone, but the ball glanced off of Walk’s glove, allowing one run to score and Stone ended up on third base after the error. Kyle Werman followed with a single to center, scoring Stone, and tying the game at three.
In the ninth, UVA plated a pair of runs to salt the game away. Street led off with a single to right, and scored on Robert Word’s double down the right field line, giving the Cavs its first lead of the game at 4-3. Shawn McCleary pinch-ran for Word, and he moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a single to center to give the Cavs a 5-3 lead, and would hold on to win by the same score.
With the victory, Virginia improves to 6-2 overall, while the loss drops William & Mary to 7-4 on the season. The Cavaliers will return to home action on March 2-3 when UVa hosts the Seton Hall Pirates in a three-game weekend series. Virginia will face Seton Hall in a doubleheader on Saturday, March 2nd beginning at 12:00 noon before meeting the Pirates on Sunday, February 3rd at 1:00 p.m. All three games will be played at the UVa Baseball Stadium.
Game Scoring 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H EVirginia (6-2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 5 7 2William & Mary (7-4) 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 8 1
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