Virginia Baseball Prepares For Nationally Ranked Georgia Tech
UP NEXT: The Cavaliers will return to action on April 26-28 when UVa travelsto Atlanta, Ga. to face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a three-game ACC weekendseries. Virginia will face Georgia Tech on Friday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April27th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 28th at 1:00 p.m. All three contests will be played atRuss Chandler Stadium.
LAST TIME THEY MET: Virginia went 1-2 in last year’s three-game series against theGeorgia Tech Yellow Jackets (March 30-April 1st, 2001). The Cavaliers began thethree-game series on a high note after knocking off the then #3 ranked Yellow Jacketsby the score of 3-1. UVa’s broke open a 1-1 tie game with a two-run home run to secure theCavaliers’ victory. Georgia Tech won the second game of the series 10-3 before puttingthe wraps on a 13-9 win over UVa in a heavy rain in game three to win the series, 2-1.
ROBERT WORD NEEDS ONE DOUBLE TO TIE, TWO TO BREAK UVASINGLE SEASON RECORD: UVa first baseman Robert Wordcurrently stands tied for third all-time at Virginia for the most doubles recorded in asingle season as a Cavalier with 18. In Virginia’s 5-3 victory over Liberty on April 23rd,Word tucked his team-leading 18th double of the season down the right field line tomove into a four-way tie for third place in the category. Former UVa players BrianSherlock (1998) and Ryan Gilleland (1997) are tied for first with 19 doubles in a singleseason at Virginia. Word’s next double will put him in a three-way tie for first placeand his 20th double this season would set a new UVa school record.
UVA HITS FIVE HOME RUNS IN A GAME FOR THE THIRD TIME THIS SEASON:In Virginia’s 14-5 victory over George Mason (4/22), the Cavaliers hit five home runs in agame for the third time this season. Against GMU, Mark Reynolds (two home runs)and David Stone each hit a grand slam, while Dan Street and Robert Word also posted a home run. In Virginia’s 12-4 win over Old Dominion (2/22),D. Street hit three home runs while Stone and Andrew Riesenfeld each added one. In the Cavaliers 18-3 victory over Seton Hall (3/3),D. Street hit two homeruns, while Matt Street, Chris Sweet and Miguel Luina each hit one.
UNCG @ UVA CONTEST CANCELLED: Virginia’s game against UNC-Greensboro,scheduled for Sunday, April 21st, was cancelled due to inclement weather in the Charlottesvillearea. No makeup date has been announced.
VIRGINIA FALLS BELOW .500 FOR FIRST TIME THIS SEASON: With its 12-5 loss toUNC-Greensboro on April 20th, Virginia dropped below the .500 mark (20-21) for the firsttime this season. UVa had maintained a .500 record or better through its first 40 games of theregular season.
STONE & WORD GO 4-FOR-5 IN LOSS: Despite Virginia losing to UNC-Greensboroby the score of 12-5 on April 20th, David Stone and Robert Word did their part at the plate as the duo combined to go 8-for-10 at the plateafter each batter finished 4-for-5 individually. Stone finished 4-for-5 with two RBI andWord went 4-for-5.
VIRGINIA RECORDS THIRD WIN OVER A RANKED OPPONENT: With its 12-11victory over #19 Richmond on April 17th, Virginia recorded its third win over a nationallyranked opponent. UVa also defeated then #1 ranked Florida State 11-10 on March 14th and#24 North Carolina 8-3 on March 31st.
A PERFECT STREET: Dan Street finished a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate with two runs, one RBI and adouble in Virginia’s 12-11 victory over the #19 ranked Richmond Spiders.
VIRGINIA FALLS TO WAKE FOREST IN ACC WEEKEND SERIES: With its threelosses to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on April 12-14 (8-7, 4-3 & 9-5), Virginia losta three-game ACC weekend series at home for the first time since May 9-10, 1998 whenFlorida State swept the Cavaliers three games to none. It also marked the first time theDemon Deacons swept the Cavaliers in Charlottesville since winning the series onApril 24-26, 1998. WFU also swept UVa last year 3-0 in Winston-Salem, N.C. bythe scores of 9-8, 14-8 and 4-1.
TWO RECORDS WITH ONE STONE: Virginia outfielder David Stone has set two school records this season after becoming UVa’s all-timeleader in bases on balls and stolen bases. He set the UVa record for most walks in acareer on March 15, 2002 after bypassing Bill Narleski’s (1984-87) mark of 125 withhis 126th walk against Florida State, and he broke Narleski’s mark of 72 career stolenbases on April 13th, 2002 after successfully stealing his 73rd stolen base againstWake Forest. Stone currently has 139 bases on balls and 74 stolen bases, both arecareer-high figures for a Cavalier.
DAVID STONE SETS UVA CAREER RECORD FOR STOLEN BASES: With hisstolen base in the fifth inning during UVa’s game against the Wake Forest Demon Deaconson April 13th, David Stone set the all-time record for stolen bases in a career at Virginia when hesuccessfully stole second base, breaking the record he and Bill Narleski (1984-87) weretied for at 72. Stone’s 73rd stolen base set the new Virginia school record.
UVA’S STREET BROTHERS & WORD BLAST THEIR WAYS PAST HOKIES INVIRGINIA’S 16-10 WIN OVER VIRGINIA TECH: Virginia’s Dan Street, Matt Street and Robert Word were a three-man wrecking crew in Virginia’s 16-10 victory over Virginia Tech. The trio combinedto go 10-for14 at the plate and produced 11 RBI, 10 runs, five doubles and three home runscombined. D. Street was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with three doubles and scored four runs,M. Street finished 3-for-5 at the plate with six RBI, four runs scored and two home runs, andWord went 3-for-5 at the plate with five RBI, two doubles and two runs scored.
VIRGINIA WINS FOURTH WEEKEND SERIES THIS SEASON: With its two victoriesover Maryland (March 5-7), Virginia won its fourth weekend series of the year and is now 4-4overall in weekend series decisions. The Cavaliers have won their series with Bucknell (3-0),Seton Hall (3-0), Duke (3-0) and Maryland (2-1). UVa lost its series with Florida State (1-2),North Carolina (1-2), UNC-Charlotte (0-3) and Wake Forest (0-3). Through eight weekendseries, Virginia’s record is 13-11 overall in weekend series contests.
FEAR THE TURTLE?: The Cavaliers won two of three games in Virginia’s three-gameweekend series against the Maryland Terrapins (March 5-7) in College Park, Md. UVawon the first game 5-0 before falling 10-3 in the second game. However, the Cavaliersclaimed an 8-7 victory in the final contest to win the series two games to one.
KAMRATH PITCHES VIRGINIA’S FIRST NINE INNING COMPLETE GAMESHUTOUT THIS YEAR: After going nine complete innings and allowing no runs onjust four hits, Virginia’s Jeff Kamrath became the first Cavalier this season to pitch a nine inning complete game shutout. Kamrath’sperformance marked the first time a Cavalier accomplished the feat since Brandon Creswell’s 9.0 inning complete game shutout performance againstthe #3 Miami Hurricanes on April 27, 2001 in Coral Gables, Florida.
JMU WINS HOME-&-HOME SERIES WITH UVA: With its 3-2 and 13-4 victoriesover UVa on April 1st and 2nd, JMU won the home-and-home series against Virginia.The two wins marked the sixth consecutive time the Dukes defeated the Cavaliers in baseball.
UVA TAKES ONE OF THREE AGAINST UNC: After dropping the first two gamesof its three-game series against the North Carolina Tar Heels (15-4 & 5-0), Virginia wonthe final game of the series by the score of 8-3. UNC, ranked #24 at the time, was thesecond ranked opponent the Cavaliers knocked off this season. On March 15th, UVadefeated the then #1 ranked Florida State Seminoles by the score of 11-10. Both victoriescame at the UVa Baseball Stadium.
VIRGINIA PLAYS ITS FIRST EVER HOME NIGHT GAME: On March 29th, 2002,Virginia played its first ever night game at home under the newly added lights at thesparkling new UVa Baseball Stadium. Aside from playing at night for the first timeat home, the Cavaliers were greeted by nearly 1,600 spectators (1,594 total) who packedinto the new facility to see Virginia face the North Carolina Tar Heels. The 1,594 fanson hand were a season high and one of the largest crowds ever to see a home UVa baseball game.
CAVALIERS SWEEP ACC ROAD SERIES FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS:Virginia swept an ACC series on the road for the first time in 12 years after beatingthe Duke Blue Devils in Durham, N.C. on March 22-24 by the scores of 6-4, 8-3and 9-5. The last time UVa swept an ACC series on the road, it was against theMaryland Terrapins in College Park, Maryland on April 27-28, 1990. The serieswith Maryland consisted of only two games.
VIRGINIA’S GAME WITH JMU RESCHEDULED: Virginia baseball game scheduledagainst the James Madison Dukes for Wednesday, March 20th was cancelled due toinclement weather conditions in the Charlottesville area. The contest was rescheduled forMonday, April 1st at 3:00 p.m.
VIRGINIA UPSETS #1 RANKED FLORIDA STATE: Virginia recorded a dramatic11-10 come-from-behind victory over the #1 ranked Florida State Seminoles in theAtlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. UVa’s Kyle Werman’s two out RBI-single to right-center field with the score tied 10-10 in the bottom of theninth inning proved to be the game-winning hit as he drove in Chris Sweet to score the game-winning run.
DAVID STONE BREAKS UVA’S ALL-TIME BASES ON BALLS RECORD: Withhis walk in the top of the fourth inning in Virginia’s 11-10 victory over #1 Florida Stateon March 15th, the Cavaliers’ David Stone walked to become UVa’s all-time leader in bases on balls with 126,breaking former record holder Bill Narleski’s mark of 125 bases on balls from 1984-1987.
VIRGINIA CRUSHES NORTH CAROLINA A&T: In Virginia’s 25-1 victory overNorth Carolina A&T, the Cavaliers’ 25 runs marked the first time Virginia scored morethan 20 runs since posting 21 against Seton Hall on March 3, 1996, and UVa’s 20 hits werethe most hits gathered by UVa in a single game since the Cavaliers recorded 21 againstMaryland back on April 21, 2001.
ROB NEWTON RECORDS UVA’S FIRST GRAND SLAM OF THE SEASON: Althoughhe might be one of the last guys on the team you would expect to do it, Rob Newton made his first career home run in a Cavalier uniform count – it was a grand slam!He hit it in UVa’s 25-1 victory over North Carolina A&T on March 11th at War Memorial Stadium.Newton’s grand slam was the first for Virginia this season and marked the first time a Cavalierhit a grand slam since Jon Benick accomplished the feat back on April 29, 2001 against the #3 Miami Hurricanesin Coral Gables, Florida at Mark Light Stadium.
CHARLOTTE SWEEPS VIRGINIA IN WEEKEND SERIES: Charlotte dealt Virginiathree consecutive losses after UVa dropped a three-game weekend series to the 49ers onMarch 9-10. Virginia lost 4-1 and 6-5 in a doubleheader on March 9th before suffering a21-11 setback on March 10th.
DAN STREET HAS SECOND MULTIPLE HOME RUN GAME: For the second timethis season, Dan Street had a multiple home run game. In Virginia’s 12-4 win over Old Dominion, D. Streetbecame the first player known in UVa baseball history to hit three home runs in a single game.In Virginia’s 18-3 win over Seton Hall (3/3), he hit two more home runs to give him fiveon the season as of March 3rd.
STREETS PAVE THE WAY TO VICTORY: The last name Street is becoming commonlyknown around the UVa baseball program. Fourth-year Dan Street is one of Virginia’s top players, but his younger brother Matt is also making a name for himselffollowing right behind in his brother’s footsteps. In Virginia’s 18-3 victory overSeton Hall (3/3), M. Street finished a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBI, three runsscored and a home run. D. Street didn’t have a bad day either, going 3-for-6 with five RBI,two runs scored and two home runs.
CAVALIERS SWEEP PIRATES IN CONVINCING FASHION: Virginia swept itssecond three-game series with a 3-0 wash over Seton Hall (March 2-3). UVa defeatedSHU 2-0, 18-3 and 5-1 en route to outscoring the Pirates 25-4 in the weekend series.
RIESENFELD & WORD COME UP WITH TIMELY HITS: Teammates Andrew Riesenfeld and Robert Word came up with the game-winning hits in two of Virginia’s threewins over Seton Hall. On 3/2, Riesenfeld hit a two-run, RBI-double to give UVaa 2-0 shutout win over SHU on March 2nd. The following day in game two of adoubleheader, Word recorded the eventual game-winning hit with a two-run homerun in the Cavaliers’ 5-1 victory.
GALE PITCHES COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT: Second-year starting RHP Chris Gale recorded UVa’s first complete game shutout (seven innings) after going the distance on the mound in Virginia’s 2-0 shutout over Seton Hall (3/2).Gale allowed no runs on seven hits to post the win.
VIRGINIA FINISHES FEBRUARY WITH WINNING RECORD: With UVa’s 5-3come-from-behind victory over William & Mary (2/27), Virginia finished the month ofFebruary with a winning record of 6-2. The Cavaliers were 3-1 at home, 2-0 on the road and 1-1 on a neutral playing field.
VCU HANDS UVA ITS FIRST HOME LOSS: The Cavaliers suffered their first homeloss of the 2002 season after the Virginia Commonwealth Rams defeated Virginia 13-7at the UVa Baseball Stadium.
DAN STREET BELTS HIS WAY INTO UVA RECORD BOOKS: In Virginia’s 12-4victory over Old Dominion in the first game of the Berkeley Electric Cooperative Challenge, Dan Street became the first player known in UVa baseball history to hit three homeruns in a single game and to record seven RBI’s in a single contest. Street finished 3-for-5at the plate with seven RBI and three runs scored after hitting two, three-run home runsand adding a solo home run later in the game.
CAVALIERS FINISH 2-1 IN CHARLESTON: Virginia finished 2-1 in the 2002Berkeley Electric Cooperative Challenge in Charleston, S.C. as part of The Citadel’sweekend tournament. UVa defeated Old Dominion by the score of 12-4 in its firstcontest before suffering its first loss of the season when Western Carolina handedVirginia a 4-3 defeat. The Cavaliers responded with a 5-4 victory in their next outingby defeating the host team, The Citadel.
VIRGINIA SWEEPS BUCKNELL IN SEASON-OPENING SERIES: UVa startedoff on the right foot as the Cavaliers kicked off their 2002 season-opening series witha three-game sweep over the Bucknell Bison. Virginia defeated Bucknell 10-3, 7-5and 8-0 en route to its 3-0 start on the season.
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME: Virginia, playing for the first time in the newUVa Baseball Stadium, attracted a great crowd for the season-opening doubleheaderagainst Bucknell on February 16th. UVa had 620 spectators on hand for the first contest,followed by 806 spectators for the second game of the doubleheader. Both figuressurpassed the season-high total for any home game last year (2000) at Virginia. UVa’sseason-high attendance for a home contest last year was 533. Virginia’s season-highattendance total was 1,665 for its game with #5 Wake Forest on April 13th.
Womack’s Coaching Numbers Keep Rising: On March 11th, 2000, Dennis Womack coached in his 1,000th career game as a head coach when Virginia faced Eastern Michigan.Four days later (March 15), Womack earned his 500th career victory as a head coach whenVirginia defeated Princeton by the score of 5-2. Although the win was just another victoryto Womack, the victory marked yet another one of his many great accomplishments ashead coach of the Virginia baseball program. Womack’s overall coaching record nowstands at 562-569-7 through 1138 games.
Virginia Tabbed In 2002 ACC Baseball Coaches Preseason Poll: The University ofVirginia baseball team was picked to finish eighth in the 2002 Atlantic CoastConference Coaches’ Preseason Poll. UVa finished 25-31 overall, 9-15 in theconference last season. The ACC’s nine head coaches selected Clemson as the toppick to win the conference championship in 2002 with five first place votes and77 total points. The Tigers return seven position players and three starting pitchersfrom their 2001 squad that finished second in the ACC regular season standings andcompiled an overall record of 41-22.
Following Clemson, Florida State was picked to finished a close second with 74points and four first place votes after finishing the 2001 season as the regular seasonchampion. 2001 ACC Tournament Champion Wake Forest finished in third placetallying 57 points. The Demon Deacons finished last season with a 44-18 overall record.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets claimed the fourth place slot with 56 points,while North Carolina placed fifth in the balloting with 45 points. The Tar Heelswere followed by N.C. State in sixth who finished with 33 points and then Dukewas selected seventh with 29 points. Virginia was picked to finish eighth in theACC with 24 points and Maryland in ninth place with nine points.
2002 ACC Coaches Preseason Predicted Order of Finish Place School Points 2001 Record/Finish1. Clemson (5) 77 41-22, 17-7 ACC2. Florida State (4) 74 47-19, 20-4 ACC3. Wake Forest 57 44-18, 16-8 ACC4. Georgia Tech 56 41-20, 13-11 ACC5. North Carolina 45 31-26, 9-15 ACC6. N.C. State 33 32-29, 9-15 ACC7. Duke 29 23-33, 10-13 ACC8. VIRGINIA 24 25-31, 9-15 ACC9. Maryland 9 17-37, 4-19 ACC
VIRGINIA RECORD WATCH: Several current players have either set or are rankedamong the UVa leaders for single season and career record marks at Virginiathis season. Here is a look at a couple leaders in their respective catagories:
Stolen Bases in a career 1. David Stone (1999-present) 74 2. Bill Narleski (1984-87) 72 3. Adam Robinson (1994-97) 57 4. Bobby Rivell (1987-90) 56 5. Chris Kughn (1987-90) 50 6. Robbin Marvin (1969-72) 47 7. John Galloway (1994-97) 44 8. Ted Kinsman (1995-98) 39 9. Kevin Clarke (1981-84) 36 10. David Guy (1985-88) 35 Jay West (1978-81) 35
Bases On Balls in a career 1. David Stone (1999-present) 140 2. Bill Narleski (1984-87) 125 3. Justin Counts (1993-96) 114 4. George Priftis (1980-83) 112 5. Steve Heon (1979-82) 110 6. Bobby Rivell (1987-90) 108 7. Jason Cook (1990-93) 99 8. Brian Sherlock (1995-98) 97 9. Glenn Harris (1980-83) 96 Paul Thomas (1976-79) 96 11. John Galloway (1994-97) 94
Hit-by-Pitch in a career 1. Tim LaVigne (1997- 2000) 51 2. Dan Street (1999-present) 22 3. Justin Counts (1993-96) 20 4. Adam Robinson (1994-97) 19 5. Luis Giraldo (1997-2000) 18 6. Terry Dan (1969-72) 17 7. Brian Buchanan (1992-94) 16 8. Donnie Seward (1993-96) 15 9. Ted Kinsman (1995-98) 14 10. Kent Savedge (1984-87) 13 11. Hunter Wyant (1998-2001) 12
Runs in a career 1. Bobby Rivell (1987-90) 199 2. Bill Narleski (1984-87) 193 3. Adam Robinson (1994-97) 175 4. David Stone (1999-present) 165 5. John Galloway (1994-97) 163 6. Steve Heon (1979-82) 150 7. Ryan Gilleland (1995-98) 147 8. David Guy (1985-88) 139 9. Chris Kughn (1987-90) 134 10. Brian Sherlock (1995-98) 133 Keith Kowalski (1984-86) 133
Doubles in a single season 1t. Brian Sherlock (1998) 19 Ryan Gilleland (1997) 19 3t. Robert Word (2000-present) 18 Luis Giraldo (2000) 18 Adam Robinson (1997) 18 Bill Narleski (1985) 18 7. Justin Counts (1996) 17 8t. Jon Benick (1999) 16 Hunter Wyant (2001) 16 Julian Gonzalez (1999) 16 Javier Lopez (1997) 16 Justin Counts (1995) 16 Bill Narleski (1987) 16
The last time Virginia …
Won 8 or more consecutive games: February 15 -- March 4, 1998 (9)Won 10 or more consecutive games: March -- April, 1947 (10)Lost five or more consecutive games: March 31 -- April 10, 2001 (8)Scored 20 or more runs in a game: 25 @ North Carolina A&T -- March 11, 2002Had 20 or more hits in a game: 23 @ Richmond -- April 17, 2002Hit consecutive home runs: Robert Word and Mark Reynolds @ James Madison -- April 2, 2002Hit three consecutive home runs: Jon Benick, Mark Rueffert and Dan Street@ Virginia Tech -- April 18, 2001Shutout consecutive opponents: vs. Seton Hall (8-0 and 4-0) -- March 2, 1996 (DH)Was shut out: vs. North Carolina (5-0) -- March 30, 2002Was shut out in two consecutive games: @ ODU (1-0) -- Feb. 24, 1999 andvs. Seton Hall (8-0) -- Feb. 27, 1999Swept an ACC doubleheader: vs. Maryland -- May 10, 1997Was swept in an ACC doubleheader: vs. Florida State -- March 16, 2002Swept an ACC series at home: vs. Maryland -- April 20-22, 2001Was swept in an ACC series at home: vs. Wake Forest -- April 12-14, 2002Swept an ACC series on the road: @ Duke -- March 22-24, 2002Was swept in an ACC series on the road: @ Clemson -- May 12-13, 2001
The last time a Cavalier …
Hit two home runs in a game: Mary Reynolds @ George Mason -- April 22, 2002Hit three home runs in a game: Dan Street vs. Old Dominion inCharleston, S.C. -- February 22, 2002Hit a grand slam: Mark Reynolds @ George Mason -- April 22, 2002Hit an inside-the-park home run: naHit a pinch-hit home run: Robert Word (solo home run) @ Miami -- April 28, 2001Hit a game-winning home run: David Stone @ George Mason -- April 22, 2002Hit for the cycle: Hunter Wyant @ High Point -- March 12, 2001Had four or more hits in a game: David Stone (4) & Robert Word (4) vs. UNC-Greensboro-- April 20, 2002Had five or more hits in a game: Dan Street (5) @ Richmond -- April 17, 2002Had five or more RBI in a game: Mark Reynolds (5) @ George Mason -- April 22, 2002Had six or more RBI in a game: Dan Street (6) @ Virginia Tech -- April 10, 2002Had seven or more RBI in a game: Dan Street (7) vs. Old Dominion in Charleston, S.C.-- February 22, 2002Stole three or more bases in a game: David Stone (3) vs. Radford -- March 6, 2002Had 10 or more strike outs in a game: Brandon Creswell (11) vs. Georgia Tech -- March 30, 2001Had 15 or more strike outs in a game: naPitched a complete game: Jeff Kamrath (9.0) @ Maryland -- April 5, 2002Pitched a nine-inning, complete-game shutout: Jeff Kamrath (9.0) @ Maryland -- April 5, 2002Pitched a no-hitter: naPitched a perfect game: na
2002 Big Innings
VirginiaFirst: 3, on 2/16 vs. Bucknell, on 3/10 @ Charlotte.Second: 4, on 4/10 @ Virginia Tech, on 4/16 vs. Richmond.Third: 6, on 3/11 @ North Carolina A&T.Fourth: 4, on 3/10 @ Charlotte, on 3/23 @ Duke.Fifth: 6, on 3/3 vs. Seton Hall, on 3/31 vs. North Carolina.Sixth: 6, on 4/22 @ George Mason.Seventh: 6, on 3/11 @ North Carolina A&T.Eighth: 5, on 3/3 vs. Seton Hall, on 3/11 @ North Carolina A&T.Ninth: 5, on 3/11 @ North Carolina A&T.Tenth: 2, on 3/22 @ Duke.
OpponentFirst: 5, on 3/10 @ Charlotte.Second: 5, on 3/10 @ Charlotte.Third: 4, on 3/10 @ Charlotte.Fourth: 4, on 2/24 @ The Citadel on 4/6 @ Maryland.Fifth: 10, on 3/16 vs. Florida State.Sixth: 5, on 2/16 vs. Bucknell, on 3/16 vs. Florida State, on 3/27 @ VCU.Seventh: 7, on 4/2 @ James Madison.Eighth: 6, on 3/15 vs. Florida State.Ninth: 3, on 3/29 vs. North Carolina, on 4/10 @ Virginia Tech.