March 25, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia baseball team turned an early 2-0 deficit into a ten-run victory after recording a 13-3 win over the visiting James Madison Dukes in a non-conference game at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. The win was the Virginia's 12th consecutive home victory this season which keeps UVa undefeated in Charlottesville with a perfect 12-0 record at home. Virginia received another solid pitching effort by LHP Andrew Dobies and Paul Gillispie continued his hot hitting to pace UVa to its 14th win of the season.
James Madison took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Eddie Kim connected on his seventh home run of the season when he belted a two-run shot to right-center field to drive in Brent Metheny, who singled to reach first base. But the Cavaliers came right back and tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third inning when Matt Street and Chris Sweet hit back-to-back singles before each baserunner scored a run. UVa's Mark Reynolds hit into a fielding error that pushed Street across the plate to make it a 2-1 contest before Joe Koshansky drove Sweet in with a RBI-single to right field to tie the game at 2-2.
Virginia took its first lead of the game at 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Scott Headd led off the inning by reaching second base on an error by JMU right fielder Mike Butia. Headd eventually scoring a run on a RBI sacrifice bunt by Kyle Werman. The Cavaliers added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Reynolds walked to reach first base, advanced to second base on a balk, before eventually scoring the game-winning run on a passed ball to give Virginia a 4-2 lead after five complete innings.
The Dukes cut into the Cavaliers' lead and made it a 4-3 contest in the top of the sixth inning when JMU's Butia tripled down the right field line before scoring one batter later on a RBI ground out by Alan Lindsay.
However, Virginia erupted for seven runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the game wide open at 11-3. Four of UVa's seven runs in the inning came courtesy of a grand slam by the Cavaliers' Paul Gillispie. Gillispie's grand slam was his first collegiate home run at Virginia and it was UVa's first grand slam since Mark Reynolds hit one back on April 22, 2002 in Fairfax, Va. against George Mason in the Cavaliers' 14-5 victory.
UVa added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to stretch the lead to 13-3 when Sweet and Reynolds were hit by pitches to start off the inning before each player scored a run. Sweet scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Ryan Zimmerman before Reynolds scored on a RBI-single by Gillispie, his fifth RBI of the game.
UVa starting pitcher Andrew Dobies (5-0) picked up his fifth win of the season after going 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on nine hits to go along with a game-high 10 strikeouts. The Cavaliers' Matt Avery recorded his first collegiate save after pitching 3.2 scoreless innings and allowed just one hit with two strikeouts. JMU starting pitcher Greg Nesbitt (2-2) took the loss after lasting 5.0 innings and surrendered five runs (two earned) on seven hits with one strikeout.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 14-8 on the season. The loss drops James Madison's record to 13-9 on the year. The Cavaliers are now 2-0 against the Dukes this season.
The Cavaliers and Dukes will return to action on Wednesday, March 26th when UVa travels to Harrisonburg, Va. to face JMU in a non-conference game. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM at Long Field at Mauck Stadium.
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