Virginia Baseball Stuns #10 Georgia Tech, 5-1
April 26, 2002
ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Virginia baseball team handed the #10 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets their first home loss of the season and ended GT’s 27-game home winning streak by posting a 5-1 victory this evening at Russ Chandler Stadium. The win was Virginia’s first victory over Georgia Tech in Atlanta since 1988 and snapped an 18-game losing streak against the Yellow Jackets for the Cavaliers at Russ Chandler Stadium. UVa starting pitcher Jeff Kamrath pitched a complete game and allowed just one run on three hits en route to shutting down the Yellow Jackets in UVa’s upset victory.
Virginia jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when David Stone walked in UVa’s first at-bat before stealing second and third base. Stone scored a run two batters later when Dan Street reach first base on an error by Georgia Tech second baseman Eric Patterson. The Cavaliers extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning when Mark Reynolds blasted a solo home run, his 11th of the year, deep to left-center field.
Georgia Tech finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning when Matt Murton belted a solo home run to left-center field to make it a 2-1 contest. But that would be the only run the Yellow Jackets would score all night. UVa answered GT’s run with two runs of its own and took a 4-1 lead when Matt Street connected on a two-run home run to right-center field to give the Cavaliers a three-run advantage. Virginia extended its lead to 5-1 in the top of the ninth inning when Kyle Werman drove in Chris Sweet to score a run with a RBI-single to left field.
UVa’s Kamrath (6-3) picked up the win with his second complete game performance of the season. The Yellow Jackets’ Kyle Bakker (9-2) took the loss and went 8.0 innings, and allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits despite a game-high nine strikeouts.
With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 23-21 overall, 8-8 in the ACC. The loss drops Georgia Tech’s record to 34-9 overall, 8-7 in the conference.
The Cavaliers and Yellow Jackets will return to action on Saturday, April 27th when UVa and GT play the second contest of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Russ Chandler Stadium.
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