Virginia Baseball Falls to UNC-Charlotte, 21-11
March 10, 2002
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The University of Virginia baseball team dropped a 21-11 decision to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte 49ers. Charlotte, behind a season-high 21 runs and a season-high 19 hits, completed a three-game series sweep of Virginia with its 10-run win. Charlotte’s 21 runs is the most the team has scored since scoring 22 runs against Memphis, March 28, 1998. The 49ers also defeated UVa on Saturday in a doubleheader by the scores of 4-1 and 6-5.
All nine Charlotte starters scored at least a run in the game. The 49ers scored runs in all but two innings. Charlotte’s George Sandel paced Charlotte with four hits, four runs and four RBI including his first home run of the season. Charlotte’s Brian Bowman also scored four runs in the game. Brad Lamm, Joey Bradshaw, Alex Derhak, Adam Willard and Thomas Bowker each had multi-hit games.
Charlotte took command of the game with a 14-0 lead after three innings. Charlotte connected on four home runs in those three innings. In the first inning, Adam Willard connected on a three-run home run over the right field. This was his first career home run. In the second inning, Alex Derhak connected on his first career home run which was a three-run home run over the left center field wall. In the third inning, George Sandel and Joey Bradshaw each connected on their first home runs of the season. Bradshaw’s home run was his first career home run.
After the early 14-0 lead, Charlotte never looked back as Virginia could only get within 10 runs which they did on two occasions including scoring a run in the ninth inning to make the final score 21-11.
With the loss, UVa’s record falls to 10-6 overall, while UNCC improves to 7-8 on the year. The Cavaliers will return to action on Monday, March 11th when Virginia travels to Greensboro, N.C. to face North Carolina A&T at 1:00 p.m. Charlotte returns to action on Tuesday, March 12 when they host Atlantic 10 foe St. Joseph’s at 4 pm and Tom and Lib Phillips Field.
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