Virginia Hands Clemson Its First ACC Loss After UVa's 5-1 Victory
April 9, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team recorded a 5-1 victory over the visiting Clemson Tigers in the first contest of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series in front of a stadium-record crowd of 2,000 spectators at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. Clemson scored the first run of the game, but it was all UVa the rest of the way as the Cavaliers scored five unanswered runs to deal the Tigers their first ACC loss of the season. The win increased Virginia’s current winning streak to seven games, while the loss broke Clemson’s nine-game winning streak coming into the contest.
The Tigers took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Herman Demmink hit a lead-off single to left field before he scored Clemson’s only run of the contest two batters later on a RBI-single up the middle by Brad McCann. Virginia answered right back with the game-tying run in the bottom half of the first inning to make it a 1-1 ball game. Mark Reynolds walked, stole second base, advanced to third on a bloop-single to center field by Ryan Zimmerman and then scored a run on a RBI ground-out by Joe Koshansky.
Virginia essentially put the game away in the third inning by scoring three more runs the Tigers were unable to overcome. With two outs in the bottom half of the third inning, Zimmerman got the UVa rally going and connected on the first of his game-high two triples and scored the go-ahead run to make the score 2-1 when he scored from third on a RBI-single by Matt Dunn two batters. After a double-steal by Koshansky (walked to reach base) and Dunn to put runners on second and third, Koshansky scored a run on a RBI-single by Paul Gillispie before Dunn eventually came around to score a run himself on a passed ball, making the score 4-1.
Virginia added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 5-1 lead when Zimmerman tripled to right field before scoring another run in UVa’s next at-bat following a sacrifice fly to left field by Koshansky.
UVa starting pitcher Andrew Dobies (6-0) remained perfect on the mound as the LHP picked up the win after going 7.0 innings. He allowed just one run on four hits and struck out five batters. Dobies walked a batter for the first time in his last 24 innings pitched. The last time he walked a batter was back on March 19th against North Carolina.
Clemson starting pitcher Tyler Lumsden (2-2) took the loss after also going 7.0 innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on nine hits and struck out five batters.
With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 27-7 overall, 9-4 in the ACC. The loss drops Clemson’s record to 18-11 overall, 6-1 in the conference. UVa leads the best of three series, one game to none.
Virginia and Clemson will return to action on Saturday, April 10th when the two schools play a doubleheader. First pitch for the first contest of the DH is scheduled for 1:00 PM. The second contest of the DH is scheduled to begin 45 minutes following the conclusion of the first game. Both contests will be played at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.
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