March 3, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE - Patrick Wingfield (Winchester, Va.) went 3-for-4 with 5 RBI, including hitting the Cavaliers' first grand slam in two seasons to lead Virginia to a 10-4 win over Delaware Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. The win runs the Cavaliers' winning streak to 11 games, as they improve to 13-1 overall. The Blue Hens fall to 0-5 on the season.
"Every game we have different guys stepping up, and that's what you need to be a good team," head coach Brian O'Connor said. "Yesterday it was Tyler Cannon with six RBI, today it was Patrick with the grand slam. That inning was a great lesson in scoring opportunities. We had no one on and two out, got the bases loaded and hit the grand slam. That changed the score from 3-1 to 7-1 and really changed the complexion of the game."
Jacob Thompson (Danville, Va.) moved to 4-0 on the season, allowing one run on seven hits in six innings to pick up the victory. He also struck out eight.
Matt Heppner (0-2) took the loss for Delaware, allowing nine runs on seven hits in three-plus innings of work.
The Cavaliers current 11-game win streak marks the club's longest win streak since a 11-game win streak in March of 2005.
Delaware struck first with a run in the top of the second, marking the first time the Cavaliers had trailed at home this year. Ryan Cuneo hit a leadoff triple and scored on a single by Scott Shockley.
The Cavaliers answered with three runs in the bottom of the second. Adams walked and Brandon Guyer (Herndon, Va.) had a bunt single to put the first two batters aboard. A pass ball moved them into scoring position. Adams scored on Wingfield's infield single. Guyer and Wingfield later scored on a single by Henry.
Wingfield's grand slam in the bottom of the third made the score 7-1. With two outs, Adams and Guyer walked, and Beau Seabury (Mount Vernon, Wash.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wingfield then took the first pitch of the at-bat over the left field wall for his first career home run.
Virginia pushed the lead to 10-1 after four innings of play. Greg Miclat (Concord, N.C.) led off with a bunt single. He moved to third on a single by Brandon Marsh (Alpharetta, Ga.). After Marsh stole second, Sean Doolittle (Tabernacle, N.J.) walked to load the bases. Adams drove in Miclat with a single and Guyer's sacrifice fly drove in Marsh. Seabury's single plated Doolittle for the tenth run of the game for Virginia. The Cavaliers have now scored in double figures in 10 of 14 games this season.
Delaware pulled within 10-4, as they scored two runs in the top of the seventh and a run in the top of the ninth, Those runs stopped a 21.1 inning scoreless streak by the Cavalier bullpen.
Virginia will look to close out a perfect 12-game homestand on Sunday in the final game of the weekend series. Matt Packer (2-0, 2.20 ERA) will start for Virginia, while Brent Gaphardt (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will start for Delaware.
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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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