Feb. 12, 2005
WILMINGTON, N.C. - The #27/#32 ranked University of Virginia baseball team recorded a 2-0 shutout victory over the UNC Wilmington Seahawks in a non-conference game at UNCW's Brooks Field. UVa starting pitcher Mike Ballard threw 7.0 scoreless innings and struck out a game-high six batters while the Cavaliers' duo of Ryan Zimmerman and Josh Darby each went 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI apiece to pace Virginia to its first win of the season.
Ballard, pitching for the first time since the 2003 season, showed no signs of being slowed down from an injury two years ago and picked right up where he left off as a weekend starter in UVa's rotation. Ballard allowed just two hits after facing 24 batters and held the Seahawk batters quite all afternoon.
"The story of the game for us today was Mike Ballard," said Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor. "He hasn't pitched in over a year and a half and came back after Tommy John surgery. To see a player go out there and throw a great game against a good ballclub in a tough environment when we needed it was special. Ballard was just very dominating out there today."
After playing through six scoreless innings of baseball, Virginia plated the first two runs of the game and took its first lead of the three-game series. In the top of the seventh inning with the bases loaded and one out, UVa's Ryan Zimmerman laced an RBI-single through the left side of the infield to drive in Kyle Werman from third base to make it a 1-0 contest. The Cavaliers extended their lead to 2-0 one batter later when Josh Darby sent an RBI-single up the middle to score Matt Street from second base, giving Virginia a 2-0 advantage.
In the critical seventh inning, the Cavaliers made their opponent pay for its mistakes. Like it did time and time again last season (2004), UVa converted its opposition's mishaps into scoring opportunities as the Cavaliers turned two of UNC Wilmington's four errors in the contest into runs. Both runs scored by Virginia's Werman and Street were aided by UNCW errors.
UVa's Ballard (1-0) picked up the win on the mound, his first victory since recording a win on April 5, 2003 in Clemson, S.C. against the Clemson Tigers. The Cavaliers' Casey Lambert posted his first save of the season after tossing 1.0 inning and struck out two batters. First-year Michael Schwimer made his first collegiate appearance and threw 1.0 inning and also posted his first collegiate strikeout.
UNCW starting pitcher Ronald Hill tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and stuck out two batters in a non-decision. The Seahawks' Andrew Morgan (0-1) walked one batter and committed an error to pick up the loss after facing just two batters.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 1-1 on the season. The loss drops UNC Wilmington's record to 3-1 on the year. The three-game series between UVa and UNCW is now tied at 1-1.
The Cavaliers and Seahawks will return to action on Sunday, February 13 to play the third and final contest of the three-game weekend series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM at UNCW's Brooks Field.
-- UVa --
Spring Football NotebookFootball4/20/18As part of the inaugural Wahoowa Weekend, spring football concludes for the Cavaliers with an open practice April 28 at Scott Stadium.Thompson Ready To Lead From FrontWomen's Basketball4/18/18The mood was celebratory Wednesday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena, where Tina Thompson was introduced as UVA's women's basketball coach.Walsh Ready to Lead 'Hoos in PostseasonMen's Golf4/18/18Healthy again after battling back problems for much of 2017, Thomas Walsh enters this weekend's ACC tournament in good form.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Louisville Takes Opener With Late Rally
Baseball | 4/20/2018
Danny Oriente doubled in two runs in the eighth inning to help, Louisville prevail, 5-4 over...
Virginia Travels to Louisville for Three-Game Series
Baseball | 4/19/2018
Virginia will continue its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game road...
Virginia Powers Past Liberty, 14-3
Baseball | 4/18/2018
A four-run second inning and a five-run seventh aided Virginia to an 14-3 victory over Liberty.
Virginia Walks-off against GW in 12th
Baseball | 4/17/2018
Brendan Rivoli doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning in a 3-2 midweek win.
Virginia Baseball Signs John “Parker” Staples
Baseball | 4/16/2018
Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor announced the signing of nine-year-old John ...
Pair of Midweeks Close Out Virginia Home Stand
Baseball | 4/16/2018
Virginia hosts George Washington on Tuesday and Liberty on Wednesday to conclude home stand.
No. 22 UNC Sweeps DH to Clinch Series
Baseball | 04/14/2018
North Carolina clinched its third-straight ACC series with a 12-5 victory over Virginia in the...
Cavaliers Shut Out No. 22 UNC in Series Opener
Baseball | 04/13/2018
Virginia blanked No. 22 North Carolina , 4-0 in the opening game of a three-game ACC series.
- Online Stores