No. 16 Baseball Earns Thursday Win over Coppin State
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The Virginia baseball team moved to 6-0 Thursday after posting a 27-1 win over Coppin State in seven innings at Davenport Field. The win gives Virginia its first 6-0 start since the 1997 season. The Cavaliers racked up 22 hits Thursday, as four players had three or more hits.
Robert Poutier (Sr., Yorktown, Va.) pitched five excellent innings for Virginia, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out a career-best 11 batters. Freshmen Sean Tierney (Moseley, Va.) and Jake Cowan (Roswell, Ga.) each made their first UVa appearances and pitched an inning apiece to wrap up the game. Nick Ericson took the loss for Coppin State, which fell to 0-2 on the season.
Corey Hunt (So., Charlottesville, Va.) paced the offense, going 4-for-4 with five RBI and three runs scored. Dan Grovatt (Fr., Tabernacle, N.J.) went 3-for-4 with five RBI, while John Barr (Fr., Ivyland, Pa.) drove in five as part of 3-for-5 outing. Mark Riffee (So., Vienna, Va.) went 3-for-4 and scored five times, while Phil Gosselin (Fr., West Chester, Pa.) went 3-for-4, scored twice and drove in two.
The Virginia offense scored in bunches, tallying at least three runs in five of its six innings at the plate. The Cavaliers posted seven runs in the first inning, followed by a six-run second inning. UVa posted eight runs in the fifth inning.
The Cavaliers continue their homestand at 4 p.m. Friday, as they play host to a weekend round robin with Cornell and Siena. The Big Red and Saints open the weekend at noon Friday, followed by the Cavaliers and Siena at 4 p.m. Virginia plays Cornell at noon Saturday and Siena at 3 p.m., with the Big Red and Saints meeting again at 11 a.m. Sunday before UVa and Cornell meet at 3 p.m.