#19 Richmond Cruises to 15-6 Victory Over Virginia
April 16, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team dropped a15-6 decision to the #19 ranked Richmond Spiders in front of 594 spectatorsthis evening at the UVa Baseball Field, home of Davenport Field. Richmondheld a 6-4 advantage after two full innings of play, however, the Spidersscored nine of the next 11 runs en route to a nine-run victory.
Richmond jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning whenthe trio of Matt Craig, Vito Chiaravalloti (double) and Jim Fasano eachrecorded a hit and later scored a run. In the top of the second inning, theSpiders added three more runs to take a 6-0 lead when Bryan Pritz (double),David Reaver (double) and Craig each recorded a hit and scored a run to giveRichmond a six-run advantage.
Virginia cut into the Spiders lead and made it a 6-4 contest when theCavaliers scored four runs, highlighted by a two-run home run to left fieldby Andrew Riesenfeld that also drove in Rob Newton, who doubled to reachbase. UVa’s Kyle Werman (single) and David Stone (walk) also scored a runafter two sacrifice fly RBI’s by Matt Street and Dan Street.
Richmond added another run in the top of the third inning to take a 7-4 leadwhen Adam Tidball singled and later scored on a RBI-double to right-centerfield by Reaver. However, the Cavaliers made it a 7-5 game in the bottomhalf of the inning when Chris Sweet doubled to left field (advanced to thirdon an error) and scored a run on a RBI-single to center field by Newton.
The Spiders jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the top of the seventh inning whenRichmond scored six runs in the inning, highlighted by a three-run home runto left field by pinch hitter Chris Dolan. UVa cut the Spiders’ lead to 13-6in the bottom of the eighth inning when Newton doubled and then scored a runon a RBI-single through the left side by Stone. But Richmond came right backand added two more runs in the top of the ninth inning to take a 15-6 leadwhen Craig and Chiaravalloti crossed the plate to give the Spiders a nine-runadvantage.
Richmond pitcher Thomas Martin (1-0) picked up the win after going 3.0scoreless innings, allowing only one hit with two strikeouts. UVa’s CanonHickman (3-4) took the loss after going just 1.1 innings and allowed fiveruns (four earned) on seven hits.
With the loss, Virginia’s record falls to 19-19 overall, while the winimproves Richmond’s record to 33-4 on the year. The Cavaliers and Spiderswill return to action on Wednesday, April 17th to play the second game of thehome-and-home series at Pitt Field in Richmond, Va.
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