#7 Virginia Falls To #24 Florida State In ACC Rubber Match, 4-1
May 9, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The #7 University of Virginia baseball team dropped a 4-1 decision to the #24 ranked Florida State Seminoles in the third and final contest of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. Florida State took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when FSU’s Stephen Drew connected on a two-run home run and the Seminoles rode the arms of Mark Suals and Kevin Lynch to a three-run, series deciding game. FSU won the weekend series, two games to one.
Florida State’s Bryan Zech started off the game with a lead-off double before Drew sent a two-run home run to left-center field in FSU’s next at-bat to give the Seminoles a 2-0 lead. FSU held its two-run lead until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Cavaliers cut the lead in half at 2-1. Matt Dunn walked with two outs and scored a run two batters later on a RBI-single down the right field line by Scott Headd. But that would be UVa’s only run of the game.
The score would remain 2-1 until the top of the seventh inning when Florida State scored two more runs to extend its lead to 4-1. With runners on second and third base and two outs, FSU’s Zech doubled down the left field line to drive in Ryne Malone and Matt Suals to give the Seminoles a three-run advantage they would not relinquish.
UVa’s starting pitcher Joe Koshansky (7-2) was dealt just his second loss this season after the LHP went 6.2 solid innings. Koshansky allowed four runs on six hits and struck out four batters. FSU’s Mark Suals (4-4) evened his record with the win and lasted 6.0 innings. He allowed just one run on six hits and struck out one batters. The Seminoles’ Lynch closed out the game and picked up his third save of the season after tossing 3.0 hitless and scoreless innings and struck out four batters.
With the loss, Virginia’s record falls to 37-11 overall, 15-6 in the ACC. The win improves Florida State’s record to 31-18 overall, 10-8 in the conference. FSU won the series two games to one.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Tuesday, May 11th when UVa travels to Harrisonburg, Va. to face the James Madison Dukes in a non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 PM.
UVa defeated JMU by the score of 10-1 earlier this season on February 24th in Charlottesville.
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