Feb. 24, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia baseball team rebounded from its first loss of the season on Sunday to Penn State with a 10-1 victory over the visiting James Madison Dukes in a non-conference game played in front of 464 spectators at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. After a 30 minute rain delay, the Cavaliers quickly jumped out to an early 8-1 lead after three innings of play and cruised to their fourth consecutive win over the Dukes. UVa swept JMU three games to none last season (2003).
After an inning and a half of scoreless baseball, Virginia took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when UVa scored two runs on no hits, thanks in part to two JMU errors. James Madison cut Virginia's lead to 2-1 in the top of the third inning after Brandon Bowser singled before scoring a run two batters later on a RBI-single by Mike Butia. But it was all UVa the rest of the way.
The Cavaliers scored the final eight innings of the game and took a commanding 8-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning after scoring six runs in the side. Four of UVa's six runs in the inning came courtesy of Matt Street and Mark Reynolds. Street connected on a two-run, RBI-double to left field to drive in Scott Headd and Mike Mitchell before Reynolds belted a two-run home run to left field to give the Cavaliers a seven-run advantage. Reynolds' home run was his first this season and the 25th of his career.
Virginia added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning and tacked on another run in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the game out of reach at 10-1.
UVa starting pitcher Joe Koshansky (2-0) picked up his second win of the season after tossing 6.0 strong innings. He allowed just one run on four hits to go along with a game-high six strikeouts. JMU's starting pitcher Greg Nesbitt (1-1) took the loss after lasting just 2.2 innings. He surrendered seven runs (three earned) on five hits and struck out one batter.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 6-1 overall, while the loss drops James Madison's record to 5-2 on the season.
The Cavaliers will return to home action on February 27-29 when Virginia hosts the Seton Hall Pirates in a three-game, non-conference series. UVa and Seton Hall are scheduled to meet on Friday, February 27th at 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 28th at 1:00 PM and Sunday, February 29th at 1:00 PM. All three games will be played at Virginia's Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium.
JMU will return to home action on February 28th when the Dukes host the Fordham Rams in a doubleheader beginning at noon in Harrisonburg.
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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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