Virginia Records 17th Late-Inning Comeback Win This Season Following 5-4 Victory Over Liberty In Cavaliers' Regular Season Finale
May 19, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The #7 ranked University of Virginia baseball team put the finishing touches on the regular season portion of its 2004 schedule by posting a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Liberty Flames at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. The win was UVa’s 17th this season in comeback fashion in late innings and was set-up by a two-run home run by Joe Koshansky in the bottom of the eighth inning.
All five of Virginia’s runs were scored when baserunners reached base with two outs before coming around to score a run. The start of the contest was delayed 40 minutes due to rain.
Liberty opened up an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Jeremiah Boles singled and Ryan Hutchinson walked before each baserunner scored a run two batters later on a RBI-single by Jeff Brown. The Flames extended their lead to 3-0 in the top of the third inning when Hutchinson singled to lead off the side before scoring a run two batters later on a RBI-double by Brown.
The Cavaliers scored their first run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it a 3-1 contest when Koshansky’s fly ball to center field was caught and then dropped by LU’s center fielder Boles. The error allowed Ryan Zimmerman to score a run instead of ending the inning to pull UVa within two runs.
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Virginia plated two runs and tied the game when Koshansky (single) and Scott Headd (walk) reached base before RBI-singles by Tom Hagan and Paul Gillispie drove them in to score a run to knot the game at 3-3.
Liberty regained the lead in the top of the eighth inning and took a 4-3 lead when Hutchinson led off the side with a single before he scored a run on a RBI-double to left field by Michael Just.
But in the bottom of the eighth inning, down one run at 4-3, UVa’s Koshansky belted a two-run home run to right field that also plated Zimmerman for the go-ahead run.
Virginia’s Canon Hickman (8-2) picked up the win after going 1.1 inning and allowed no runs on one hit and struck out one batter. The Cavaliers’ Casey Lambert picked up his eighth save of the year after going two thirds of an inning. The Flames’ Bill Daniels (0-5) suffered the loss after allowing four runs on five hits in just 2.2 innings of work.
With the victory, Virginia’s record improves to 42-11 overall. The loss drops Liberty’s record to 22-30 on the season.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Wednesday, May 26th when UVa travels to Salem, Va. to compete in the 2004 ACC Tournament at Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium. The Cavaliers with either play at 1:30 PM or 5:00 PM depending on if they are seeded #1 or #2 in the event.
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