March 12, 2004
ATLANTA, Ga. - The University of Virginia baseball team recorded a 4-3 victory over the #17 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an Atlantic Coast Conference game played at Russ Chandler Stadium. Virginia's Mark Reynolds and Joe Koshansky accounted for all four of UVa's runs after the duo combined for three home runs, while the left-handed pitching duo of Andrew Dobies and Casey Lambert teamed together to keep the Yellow Jackets from doing much damage at the plate as the Cavaliers won in the ACC-opener for both teams.
The win was only Virginia's second over Georgia Tech in Atlanta since the 1988 season and snapped UVa's five-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets dating back to the 2002 season. The Cavaliers are now a perfect 6-0 on the road this year.
Virginia wasted no time building a lead and took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Joe Koshansky connected on a two-run home run to center field to also score Mark Reynolds, who reached base on a walk. Koshansky's home run was his team-leading seventh of the season and was the 17th of his career. But Georgia Tech answered back with a home run of its own, a solo leadoff shot to left field by Brandon Boggs in the bottom half of the first inning, to make the score 2-1. Boggs' home run was his third of the season.
The score would remain 2-1 in favor of Virginia until the top of the sixth inning when the Cavaliers took a 3-1 lead thanks to a solo home run to center field by Reynolds. However, as was the case in the first inning, GT answered UVa's scoring with a run of its own and plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 3-3. The Yellow Jackets' Mike Nickeas (single) and Micah Owings (double) connected on a pair of back-to-back RBI hits to drive in two runs to knot the score at 3-3 through six complete innings of play.
But with the score tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth inning, UVa's Reynolds belted his second home run of the game, this time with a solo shot to left field to give the Cavaliers a 4-3 lead. Reynolds' second home run of the game was his fifth of the season and the 29th of his career. The hit proved to be the game-wining play.
UVa's Lambert (2-0) picked up his second win of the year after pitching 3.0 scoreless innings while giving up just two hits and struck out two batters. The Cavaliers' Dobies started and lasted 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on four hits to go along with six strikeouts in a no-decision. GT starting pitcher Micah Owings (2-2) took the loss and went 7.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits and struck out a game-high seven batters.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 15-2 overall, 1-0 in the ACC. The loss drops Georgia Tech's record to 9-7 overall, 0-1 in the conference.
The Cavaliers will return to action on Saturday, March 13th when UVa faces the #17 ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the second contest of the three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM at Russ Chandler Stadium.
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