Virginia Records 13-2 Victory Over Brown In Rain-Shortened Contest
March 30, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team got back to its winning ways and recorded a 13-2 victory in a rain-shortened contest against the Brown Bears at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. UVa used a decisive first inning scoring run where the Cavaliers plated nine runs and never looked back, as Virginia snapped its two-game losing streak with an 11-run victory. The contest was halted in the top of the seventh inning following a 30-minute rain delay.
Brown scored the first two runs of the game and took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. On the very first pitch of the game, the Bears’ Paul Christian hit a solo home run to left field to make it 1-0. Brown’s Bobby Wiginton then doubled before scoring a run one batter later on a RBI-single by Robert Deeb. But that would be all the scoring the Bears would be able to muster, as UVa’s starting pitcher Chris Gale settled into a groove and the Cavaliers’ offense got itself rolling.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning, Virginia turned its two-run deficit into a seven-run lead by scoring nine runs in the inning to take a 9-2 lead. The Cavaliers batted around once and halfway through its side again in the inning, and was sparked by a trio of two-run hits by Kyle Werman, Mark Reynolds and Ryan Zimmerman. Eight different Cavaliers scored a run in the inning, including Zimmerman who scored twice.
UVa tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second inning to build an 11-2 lead when Scott Headd walked and Werman singled before Reynolds drove in a pair of runs with a two-run, RBI-double to right-center field that bounced over the outfield wall for a ground rule double.
The Cavaliers held on to their 11-2 lead until the bottom of the fifth inning when Reynolds reached base on a Brown fielding error before he came around to score a run two batters later to make the score 12-2 on a RBI-single up the middle by Zimmerman. UVa extended its lead to 13-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Headd walked and was replaced by Matt Lucido as a pinch runner. Lucido eventually came around to score a run on a RBI-single to center field by Werman for the final run of the game.
The two teams began play in the top of the seventh inning before the game was halted because of a steady rain. After a 30-minute rain delay, the came was called complete.
UVa’s Gale (3-2) picked up his third win of the year after tossing 6.0 innings and allowed just two runs on five hits to go along with a game-high six strikeouts.
Brown starting pitcher Chris Davidson (0-2) took the loss after allowing 12 runs (11 earned) on nine hits with five strikeouts in 5.0 innings of action.
With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 21-7 overall. The loss drops Brown’s record to 3-9 on the season.
Virginia will return to home action on Wednesday, March 31st when the Cavaliers host the Bears in the second contest of the two-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.
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