Virginia Baseball Defeats Virginia Tech In Extra Innings, 8-7
April 30, 2002
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team recorded an8-7 victory in ten innings over the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies thisevening in front of 805 spectators at the UVa Baseball Stadium, home ofDavenport Field. Virginia’s Dan Street went 5-for-6 at the plate with twoRBI, two runs and two doubles and recorded the game-winning hit in the bottomof the tenth inning to give UVa a come-from-behind win over the Hokies. TheCavaliers trailed VT 6-0 in the middle of the second inning.
Virginia Tech jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first inningwhen the trio of Marc Tugwell (walk), John West (single) and Wyatt Toregas(single) all reached base and scored a run with the aid of two Cavaliererrors. The Hokies extended their lead to 6-0 in the top of the secondinning when Spencer Harris (hit by pitch), Chris Winterfeldt (single) andChris Stanton (single) each reached base and scored a run as well,highlighted by a two-run RBI-single up the middle by West.
Virginia cut Tech’s lead to 6-2 in the bottom of the second inning when MarkReynolds (walk) and Chris Sweet (double) each scored a run. Reynolds scoreda run on Sweet’s RBI-double before Sweet scored a run himself on a RBI-singleto center field by Kyle Werman. Virginia added another run in the bottom ofthe third inning and made it a 6-3 contest when Robert Word belted a solohome run to deep left-center field, his eighth home run of the season.
UVa scored three more unanswered runs (six consecutive) and knotted the gameat 6-6 when Rob Newton (single), Chris Sweet (single) and Werman (single)each reached base and scored a run courtesy of two RBI-singles by Werman andMatt Street, along with a RBI sacrifice bunt by David Stone.
The Cavaliers scored their seventh unanswered run of the game and took theirfirst lead of the contest to make the score 7-6 in the bottom of the sixthinning when D. Street posted his third hit of the game with a RBI-single tocenter field to drive in Stone. D. Street’s single came after recordingback-to-back doubles in his previous two at-bats.
Virginia Tech tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the ninth inning whenToregas hit a RBI-double to center field to drive in West to score thegame-tying run, the Hokies first run scored since the top of the secondinning. Tech’s run sent the game into extra innings. However, Virginia cameback in the bottom of the tenth inning with a bases loaded RBI-single by D.Street to drive in Sweet for the game-winning run, giving the Cavaliers an8-7 victory.
UVa’s Jeff Kamrath (7-3) picked up the win in relief duty after going 1.2innings and yielded only one hit. Tech’s Matt Dalton (2-2) took the lossafter allowing one run on one hit with a strikeout. Virginia startingpitcher Chris Gale lasted just 1.1 innings and surrendered six runs (fourearned) on five hits in his return to the rotation following an injury thatkept him out of play for several weeks. VT’s starting pitcher Jeff Landonlasted 3.1 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits before being replacedon the mound in the fourth inning.
With the win, Virginia’s record improves to 24-23 overall, while the lossdrops Virginia Tech’s record to 22-21 on the season.
The Cavaliers will return to action on May 11-13 when the Cavaliers host theClemson Tigers in a three-game ACC weekend series. UVa will face Clemson onSaturday, May 11th at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m. and on Monday,May 13th at 1:00 p.m. The series with the Tigers will conclude the homeportion of Virginia’s 2002 regular season. Virginia Tech will return toaction on Wednesday, May 1st when the Hokies host the VMI Keydets. Firstpitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. at English Field.
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