#5 Wake Forest Earns Weekend Sweep Over Virginia With 9-5 Victory
April 14, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team dropped a 9-5decision to the #5 ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons this afternoon in thefinal game of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference weekend series onDavenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. The Cavaliers held a brief 5-4lead through five innings of play, but the Demon Deacons scored fiveunanswered runs to earn a four-run victory. WFU swept UVa in the series 3-0after posting an 8-7 win on Friday and a 4-3 victory on Saturday.
Wake Forest jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inningwhen its first four batters recorded a hit, including two doubles by AdamBourassa and Ryan Johnson. Bourassa scored a run on a RBI-single by NickBlue before Blue scored a run himself on Johnson’s double to give the DemonDeacons a two-run lead.
The Demon Deacons added another run in the top of the third inning to make ita 3-0 contest when WFU’s Blue singled and scored two batters later when JamieD’Antona tallied a RBI ground out to shortstop.
Virginia got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third inning and made ita 3-1 game when Andrew Riesenfeld walked before scoring a run when DavidStone doubled off the left field wall. Later in the inning, UVa made it a3-2 game when Stone crossed the plate on a RBI-double by Robert Word down theright field line.
Wake Forest took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning when JeffRuziecki walked and scored a run three batters later when Ryan Hubbardconnected on a RBI-single. However, the Demon Deacons could only manage onerun in the inning despite loading the bases with zero outs.
Virginia took its first lead of the game in the bottom of the fifth inningwhen Mark Reynolds belted a three-run home run (his eighth of the year) offthe scoreboard in left field to give UVa a 5-4 lead. However, the DemonDeacons regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning and took a 7-5lead after scoring three runs after RBI singles by Brad Scioletti, Ruzieckiand Ryder Mathias.
The Demon Deacons extended their lead to 9-5 in the top of the eighth inningwhen Scioletti drove in two runs with a double down the left field line,scoring Blue (single) and D’Antona (walk) to give Wake Forest a four-runlead.
WFU’s Brian Bach (4-1) picked up the win after going 1.1 innings and allowedno runs or hits. Adam Hanson earned his second save of the season aftergoing three scoreless innings to go along with one strikeout. UVa’s AndrewDobies (0-1) took the loss after going three innings on the mound, allowingthree runs on four hits and one strikeout.
With the loss, Virginia’s record falls to 19-18 overall, 7-8 in the ACC.Wake Forest improves to 28-6 overall, 11-3 in the conference with the victory.
The Cavaliers will return to home action on Tuesday, April 16 when UVa hoststhe Richmond Spiders on Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. Firstpitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. The Demon Deacons will also return to homeaction on Tuesday when they host High Point at 3:00 p.m at Hooks Stadium.
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