April 12, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - -
Brandon Marsh drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth and Casey Lambert picked up his fifth save of the season as No. 17 Virginia rallied to defeat Longwood, 6-4, Wednesday night in front of 1,276 fans in nonconference baseball action at Davenport Field. Virginia (28-9) scored three runs in the eighth to overcome a 4-3 deficit and improve to 20-2 at Davenport Field.
"Longwood threw one of their top pitchers at us so our guys knew we were going to have to battle all night long. We kept fighting back after falling behind. It was nice to see us rally like we did, because we're going to have to do that in close games, "UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor said. "Boston College has played everyone tough in the league, so this game prepared us well for this weekend's ACC home series."
Marsh ended up 2-for-5 with an RBI while Tim Henry, Brandon Guyer and Patrick Wingfield each added two hits for UVa, which out-hit Longwood, 13-9. Wingfield scored two of the Cavs' six runs. David Adams, Tom Hagan, Ryan Hudson and Greg Miclat each had one hit. Michael Schwimer (2-1) came on in relief to pitch two innings for his second win of the season. Schwimer recorded three strikeouts and gave up two runs on three hits. Lambert held the Lancers to one hit in one inning. Pat McAnaney started the game for Virginia on the mound. McAnaney matched a season-high seven strikeouts in six innings. He allowed two runs on five hits and walked one.
Longwood starter Brian McCullough pitched into the seventh inning after allowing three runs, one earned and picking up six strikeouts. John Walker II relieved him with two outs in the seventh. Walker gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits in suffering his second loss of the season. Aaron Berg tossed the final 2/3 of an inning for the Lancers. Nick vonGersdorff finished 2-for-5 with an RBI for the Lancers while left fielder Paul Heidler was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Wingfield started a one-out rally in the eighth when he singled to right center. After Wingfield took second on a wild pitch, Ryan Hudson's pinch-hit single to right center scored Wingfield tying the game, 4-4. Miclat laid down a bunt single to move pinch-runner Mike Mitchell into scoring position. After Henry walked to load the bases, Marsh hit into a fielder's choice to bring in the go-ahead run for a 5-4 UVa lead. Miclat then scored on a passed ball to give the Hoos the 6-4 lead.
Heidler's sacrifice fly to right field scored Tyler Childress, who led off the top of the seventh with a double down the left field line to put the Lancers ahead, 4-3. Virginia tied the game, 3-3, in the bottom of the seventh when Henry doubled and later scored on Sean Doolittle's sacrifice fly to right field.
Longwood took a 3-2 lead in the top of the seventh on vonGersdorff RBI single to right field plating Joe Bott.
The Cavaliers tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the fourth on two unearned runs. Tom Hagan reached on an error. Wingfield followed with a single to right field giving UVa runners on the corners. Beau Seabury's RBI single pulled the Cavaliers within, 2-1.
Longwood struck first in the top of the third. Tyler Ames singled and later scored on Zach Zigrang RBI double to right center giving the Lancers a 1-0 lead. Brandon Maupin's ground out in the top of the fourth scored Jon Quigley giving Longwood a 2-0 lead.
Virginia plays its only Atlantic Coast Conference home series in the month of April Friday, Saturday and Sunday when the Cavaliers host Boston College. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. All three games can be heard live on WINA 1070 AM and via the internet at www.virginiasports.com