Feb. 29, 2004
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia baseball team recorded a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Seton Hall Pirates in a non-conference games played in front of a season-high 1,559 spectators at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Cavaliers scored a pair of run, including one off of another game-winning hit from catcher Scott Headd. Headd also posted the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning in UVa's 3-2 victory in game one of the three-game weekend series on Friday. Virginia swept the three-game series with Seton Hall, three games to none.
Seton Hall posted its first lead of the series when the Pirates took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Anthony Seratelli laced a double down the left field line before he crossed the plate following a UVa fielding error on a ground out situation. SHU extended its lead to 2-0 in the top of the third inning when Matt Cuttruff walked to reach base before scoring a run three batters later on a fielder's choice by Tim Puhuta.
Virginia cut Seton Hall's lead in half at 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning after Matt Dunn got on base following a fielder's choice and later scored from third base on a wild pitch. But Seton Hall answered right back with a run of its own in the top of the seventh inning when Cuttruff hit a solo home run to left-center field to push the Pirates' lead back to two runs at 3-1.
The Cavaliers cut SHU's lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning and plated a run when Dunn walked and advanced to second base on a passed ball before Josh Darby drove him in to score a run with a RBI-single up the middle. Dunn's run pulled UVa within one run of the Pirates at 3-2.
Seton Hall led from the start of the game all the way until the bottom of the ninth inning. That's when Virginia took its first lead of the game and won the contest by doing so. The Cavaliers tied the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning on a RBI-single through the left side by Ryan Zimmerman to drive in Matt Street. Four batters later with the bases loaded and two outs, Headd connected with a RBI-single to left field for the game-winning hit, allowing Reynolds to score the game-winning run. Headd's heroics lifted Virginia to the 4-3 victory.
UVa relief pitcher Canon Hickman (1-0) picked up the win on the mound after tossing 2.0 scoreless innings to close out the game. Hickman gave up two hits and struck out two batters. The Cavaliers' Joe Koshansky tossed 7.0 innings and allowed three runs on six hits and struck out a game-high five batters in a no-decision.
SHU's Tim Dexter (0-2) took the loss after allowing two runs on hour hits in just 1.2 innings of action. Seton Hall starting pitcher Mike Santmyer went 6.1 innings and allowed just one unearned run with five hits to go along with three strikeouts in a no-decision outing.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 9-1 overall. The loss drops Seton Hall's record to 0-6 on the season. The win put the finishing touches on the weekend sweep for the Cavaliers for the second time this season. UVa also defeated North Carolina A&T three games to none on February 13-15 in Greensboro, N.C. Virginia has now won seven consecutive games over SHU dating back to the 2002 season.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Tuesday, March 2nd when UVa travels to Richmond, Va. to face the Richmond Spiders in a non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 PM.
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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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