Virginia Wins Weekend Series Following 2-1 Victory Over #17 Georgia Tech In Atlanta
March 13, 2004
ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Virginia baseball team secured the three-game ACC series against the #17 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by posting a 2-1 victory at Russ Chandler Stadium to take a two games to none lead in the series. UVa also won 4-3 on Friday in game one. The Cavaliers’ Joe Koshansky hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie, lifting his team to victory. Virginia’s series win over Georgia Tech marks UVa’s first series victory over GT since the 1999 season when the Cavaliers went 2-1, and also marks the first time Virginia has won an ACC series over the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta since winning two games to none in 1980. UVa is now 7-0 in road games this season.
As it did in game one of the series, Virginia scored in the top of the first inning, this time taking a 1-0 lead when Matt Street led off the game with a single that dropped into center field for a hit before he scored a run two batters later on a RBI-double to right-center field by Ryan Zimmerman.
UVa held on to its one-run lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when Georgia Tech tied the game 1-1 when Whit Robbins doubled down the right field line before he scored a run one batter later on RBI-single by Tyler Greene.
The Yellow Jackets appeared ready to take the lead twice to break the 1-1 tie, both in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, when GT had the bases loaded with one out. But in each situation, Georgia Tech grounded into an inning-ending double play to keep the ball game tied at 1-1.
The score remained tied at one apiece until the top of the ninth inning. That’s when the Cavaliers took a 2-1 lead off Koshansky’s game-winning, solo home run to right field. Koshansky’s home run was his team-leading eighth of the year.
Virginia’s Canon Hickman (2-1) picked up his second win of the year after going 2.0 scoreless innings on the mound while striking out two batters. UVa starting pitcher Matt Avery pitched 6.0 innings and allowed just one run on four hits and struck out two batters in a no-decision.
The Yellow Jackets’ Ryan Self (0-1) took the loss after giving up the home run to Koshansky in just 0.1 inning of work. GT starting pitcher Brian Burke went 8.0 innings and allowed only one run on four hits to go along with a game-high seven strikeouts in a no-decision.
With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 16-2 overall, 2-0 in the ACC. The loss drops Georgia Tech’s record to 9-8 overall, 0-2 in the conference. UVa now leads the series 2-0.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Sunday, March 14th when UVa faces Georgia Tech in the final contest of the three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM at Russ Chandler Stadium.
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