Virginia Baseball Defeats George Mason In Grand Fashion, 14-5
April 22, 2002
FAIRFAX, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team hit five home runs, including a pair of grand slams, to cruise to a 14-5 victory over George Mason in a non-conference college baseball game Monday afternoon at Raymond H. “Hap” Spuhler Field.
UVa freshman Mark Reynolds hit two home runs, a solo shot in the second inning and a grand slam in the eighth, and added five runs batted in to lead the Cavaliers. Senior David Stone hit the other grand slam in the sixth inning, while senior Dan Street hit a solo blast in the first inning and junior Robert Word added a two-run shot in the seventh. D. Street had three hits to lead Virginia’s 13-hit attack, while Stone, Reynolds and freshman Scott Headd each added two hits.
Solo homers by D. Street in the first inning and Reynolds in the second gave Virginia a 2-0 lead, but George Mason should have tied the score in the bottom of the second. After senior Brian Anderson singled, junior Mike Taylor sent a drive to the wall in center field that appeared to be caught by Cavalier junior Chris Sweet. Taylor passed Anderson on the base paths, and when it became apparent Sweet did not make the catch and the ball had gone over the wall, Taylor was called out and credited with a run-scoring single.
The Patriots scored twice in the third inning and added a run in the fifth for a 4-2 lead as junior Evan Howard doubled and scored on a single by sophomore Kyle Barrett. Virginia, however, erupted for six runs in the top of the sixth, with Stone’s grand slam breaking open a 4-4 tie. Word’s home run made the score 10-4 in the seventh inning, and the grand slam by Reynolds in the eighth gave the Cavaliers a 14-4 advantage. Patriot junior Kevin McNeil had a run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth to bring home George Mason’s final run.
UVa starting pitcher Joe Koshansky (2-4) allowed nine hits and four runs (three earned) in seven innings to pick up the victory for Virginia, while freshman Jake Glanzmann (4-2) allowed six hits and eight runs in 52/3 innings to suffer the loss. Sophomore Jeff Palumbo led the Patriots with three hits, and Howard, McNeil and Anderson each added two.
With the win, Virginia snapped a two-game losing streak and improved its record to 21-21 overall, while George Mason lost for only the fourth time in its last 19 games as it fell to 22-19 on the year.
UVa will return to action on Tuesday, April 23rd when the Cavaliers hosts the Liberty Flames. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the UVa Baseball Stadium, home of Davenport Field. George Mason will also return to action on Tuesday when GMU hosts George Washington at 3:00 p.m.
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