Virginia Secures Series Against Wake Forest After 11-7 Victory In Game Two
May 14, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia baseball team secured its three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons by recording an 11-7 victory in game two of the series. UVa also won game one on Thursday, 5-4 in comeback fashion. The Cavaliers scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and it was enough to propel UVa to the four-run victory.
Virginia wasted no time scoring runs and jumped all over Wake Forest in the bottom of the first inning when the Cavaliers plated eight runs in the side to take an 8-0 lead. UVa batted through the line-up and the first eight batters that stepped to the plate scored a run. Four of the eight runs in the inning were courtesy of back-to-back home runs by Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Koshansky. Zimmerman belted a three-run shot to left field for the first collegiate home run of his career, before Koshansky sent a solo shot to right field for his 14th long ball of the season and the 24th of his career.
Wake Forest scored a pair of runs in the top of the second inning and made it an 8-2 contest when Doug Riepe connected on a RBI-double to plate Steve LeFaivre before Matt Miller’s RBI ground-out scored Brad Scioletti from third base.
In the top of the sixth inning, the Demon Deacons scored four more runs in the side to cut Virginia’s lead to two runs at 8-6. WFU was aided by a stretch that saw four of five batters step to the plate and drive in a run with a RBI-hit including a double by J.B. Tucker.
UVa broke WFU’s streak of six unanswered runs by tacking on three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take an 11-6 lead. Tim Henry got things started when he reached base on an error and then scored a run two batters later on a RBI-single up the middle by Matt Dunn to make the score 9-6. After Koshansky was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Scott Headd drew a bases loaded walk to plate Dunn to make it 10-6. One batter later, Tom Hagan scored Zimmerman with a sacrifice fly to left field to give the Cavaliers a five-run lead at 11-6.
Wake Forest tried to mount a late rally in the top of the ninth inning and scored a run on a RBI-single to left field by Scioletti to cut Virginia’s lead to 11-7. But that would be as close as the Demon Deacons would get as the Cavaliers held on for the 11-7 win.
UVa starting pitcher Matt Avery (6-2) picked up the win after he pitched 5.2 innings and allowed six runs on nine hits to go along with two strikeouts. Casey Lambert picked up his sixth save of the season after tossing 1.2 innings and allowed one run on one hit and struck out one batter.
WFU starting pitcher Kyle Young (4-5) took the loss after he went 4.0 innings and allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits and struck out one batter.
With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 39-11 overall, 17-6 in the ACC. The loss drops Wake Forest’s record to 17-27 overall, 4-16 in the conference. UVa secures the three-game series by taking a two games to none lead.
The Cavaliers and Demon Deacons will return to action on Saturday, May 15th when UVa and WFU play the third and final contest of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.
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