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March 10, 2004

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Virginia baseball team recorded a 9-1 victory over the UNC Greensboro Spartans in a non-conference game at UNCG Baseball Stadium. UVa scored the first eight runs of the game and never looked back as the Cavaliers cruised to their fifth win on the road this season in as many tries. Virginia entered the game ranked #30 and UNCG was ranked #28 according to the latest Collegiate Baseball Poll.

Virginia jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Josh Darby connected on a two-out double to the left-center field gap before coming around to score a run two batters later on a RBI-single to left field by Kyle Werman. Werman’s single fell in for a hit just in front of UNCG’s left fielder Ryan Brincat’s glove after he made a diving play for the ball.

The Cavaliers extended their lead to 3-0 by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. After Matt Street (hit by pitch) and Mark Reynolds (reached base on an error) got on base, Ryan Zimmerman moved each baserunner ahead with a sacrifice bunt. UVa’s Joe Koshansky then drove in Street to score a run with a sacrifice fly to center field before Matt Dunn singled up the middle in the Cavaliers’ next at-bat to drive in Reynolds.

UVa scored four more runs in the top of the fifth inning and took a 7-0 lead. Koshansky connected on a RBI-single to drive in Reynolds (who doubled to reach base) before Darby hit his second double of the game, this time a two-run shot. Darby eventually scored a run on a RBI-single by Scott Headd to give the Cavaliers a seven-run cushion.

Virginia tacked on another run in the top of the sixth inning to take an 8-0 lead before UNC scored its lone run of the contest (an unearned run on a RBI-single to center field by Brinbcat) to make it an 8-1 ball game. UVa posted another run in the top of the eighth inning when Tim Henry singled before eventually scoring on a RBI-single by Street for the last run of the contest.

UVa starting pitcher Chris Gale (2-1) picked up the win after throwing 7.0 innings. He allowed just one unearned run and scattered five hits to go along with four strikeouts. UNCG starting pitcher Nick Starnes (1-1) took the loss after giving up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits with three strikeouts.

With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 14-2 overall. The loss drops UNC Greensboro’s record to 10-2. UVa is now 5-0 on the road this season and leads the all-time series with UNCG, 7-4.

The Cavaliers will return to action on the road on March 12-14 when UVa travels to Atlanta, Georgia to face the #17 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series. Virginia and Georgia Tech will meet on Friday, March 12th at 4:00 PM, Saturday, March 13th at 1:00 PM and Sunday, March 14th at 1:00 PM. All three games will be played at GT’s Russ Chandler Stadium.

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