Virginia Baseball Records 8-3 Victory Over Duke
March 23, 2002
DURHAM, N.C. – The University of Virginia baseball team posted an 8-3 victory over the host Duke Blue Devils this afternoon in an Atlantic Coast Conference match at Jack Coombs Field. UVa’s David Stone went 5-for-6 at the plate to pace the Cavaliers in a game they led from start to finish. The Cavaliers lead the three-game series with the Blue Devils two games to none after posting a 6-4 win in game one of the series on Friday.
Virginia jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Dan Street started the inning off with a single and scored in UVa’s next at-bat when Robert Word hit a RBI-double down the left field line to make it a 1-0 game. Three batters later, Mark Reynolds hit a RBI-double to drive in Word, giving the Cavaliers a 2-0 advantage. Reynolds scored a run two batters later when Kyle Werman hit a RBI-single to left field before Stone hit a RBI-single to shallow center field to drive in Riesenfeld, giving Virginia a four-run lead.
Duke scored its first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it a 4-1 game when Aaron Kempster singled through the left side and scored a run in the Blue Devils’ next at-bat when Larry Broadway hit a RBI-double off the right field wall.
However, Virginia answered right back in the top of the sixth inning with a run of its own to take a 5-1 lead when Werman doubled and scored a run two batters later when Matt Street drove him in with a RBI-single. The Cavaliers extended their lead to 6-1 in the top of the seventh inning when Miguel Luina reached base on an error and scored from third later in the inning on another Duke error.
Virginia pulled ahead by the score of 7-1 in the top of the eighth inning when Stone singled, stole second base, and scored two batters later when D. Street hit a RBI-double to left-center field. Duke cut UVa’s lead to 7-3 in the bottom half of the eighth inning, but Virginia added another run in the top of the fifth inning to take an 8-3 lead when Reynolds singled and later scored when Stone recorded his fifth hit of the game with a RBI-single to second base.
UVa’s Jeff Kamrath (4-1) earned the win after going six strong innings on the mound and allowed only one run on five hits to go along with five strikeouts. The Blue Devils’ Greg Burke (1-2) took the loss after going 5.1 innings and surrendering five runs (three earned) on 11 hits despite a game-high eight strikeouts.
With the victory, Virginia improves to 14-9 overall, 3-2 in the ACC. The loss drops Duke’s record to 14-9 overall, 0-2 in the conference.
The Cavaliers and Blue Devils will return to action on Sunday, March 24th to play the final game of the three-game series. The contest is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m. and will be played at Jack Coombs Field.