Feb. 21, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia baseball team recorded a 7-1 victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions in a non-conference game in front of 1,267 spectators at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. The Cavaliers scored all seven of their runs in the second, third and fourth innings and rode the arms of starting pitcher Andrew Dobies and relief pitcher Josh Myers to a six-run victory in the first contest of a two-game weekend match-up with PSU. The game was Penn State's season-opener.
Virginia scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning and took an early 2-0 lead when Matt Dunn and Tom Hagan reached base after back-to-back singles before Kyle Werman connected on a two-run, RBI -single to center field to drive in Dunn and Hagan. The Cavaliers extended their lead to 5-0 after scoring three more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Virginia loaded the bases with no outs following back-to-back walks by Matt Street and Mark Reynolds before a bunt-single by Ryan Zimmerman. One batter later, Joe Koshansky singled through the right side to drive in Street and Reynolds to make it a 4-0 contest. Two batters later, Hagan plated Zimmerman to make it a 5-0 game after a RBI-groundout to first base.
Trailing by five runs in the top of the fourth inning, Penn State scored its first and only run of the game when Matt Harter doubled down the left field line before crossing the plate in the Nittany Lions' next at-bat on a RBI-single up the middle by Aaron Greenfield to make the game 5-1. However, the Cavaliers came right back and tacked on two more runs of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning to stretch the lead to 7-1. UVa's Reynolds drove in Mike Mitchell (singled to reach base) with a RBI-double to left field to make it 6-1 before Street singled and eventually scored a run on a PSU fielding error to push the lead to 7-1 That would be all the scoring the Cavaliers would need to seal the victory.
Virginia's Dobies (2-0) picked up his second win of the season after going 7.0 strong innings on the mound. He allowed just one run while scattering six hits and struck out a game-high five batters. Myers came in and closed out the game after tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and struck out two batters. Penn State's Jim Farrell (0-1) took the loss after giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 5-0 overall. The loss drops PSU's record to 0-1 on the season.
The Cavaliers will return to home action on Sunday, February 22 when UVa hosts the Penn State Nittany Lions in the second game of the two-game, non-conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.
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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.
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