April 17, 2004
BOWIE, Md. - They say that walks and errors will kill a team in baseball. The University of Virginia showed the Maryland Terrapins why that saying usually holds true as Virginia recorded a 7-6 victory over Maryland in 11 innings in the second contest of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Prince George's Stadium. After UVa saw its one-time commanding 6-0 lead vanish late in the game, the Cavaliers scored the game-winning run in the 11th inning on another costly Maryland error to seal the win. Virginia also won Friday night's contest on a Terrapin error. The victory was Virginia's 11th consecutive win and its school-record 13th ACC win this season.
Certainly, Maryland's mishaps weren't the sole reason the Cavaliers were able to claim the win. The game-winning run did score on a walk and then an error, but Virginia did pounded out 14 hits (including two home runs) and got a solid effort from starting pitcher Matt Avery. With the victory, UVa is now 7-2 in its nine, three-game series this year. The Cavaliers have won their last three ACC series with a record of 8-0 in the eight games played in those contests and have not lost a game during that stretch after sweeping Duke and Clemson before taking two games from Maryland in this series.
After playing through two scoreless innings of baseball, Virginia scored the
first run of the game when Tim Henry doubled to left field before he scored a
run one batter later on a RBI-single through the right side by Matt Street in
the top of the third inning. The Cavaliers added another run in the side and
stretched their lead to 2-0 when Mark Reynolds jacked a solo home run to
center field. Reynolds' home run was his ninth of the season. UVa connected on
four consecutive hits to plate its two runs in the inning.
Virginia doubled its lead in the top of the sixth inning and took a 4-0 lead when Scott Headd walked before scoring a run three batters later when Street drilled a bases loaded single up the middle before Kyle Werman (singled to reach base) scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Reynolds.
The Cavaliers stretched their lead to 6-0 in the top of the seventh inning and took a 5-0 lead when Joe Koshansky crushed a solo home run to right field. Koshansky's home run was his team-leading 11th of the season. Matt Dunn followed Koshansky's home run with a single to right field before advancing to second and then to third base on a pair of wild pitches. Dunn eventually scored a run on a RBI ground-out by Headd to give Virginia a six-run lead.
Maryland finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh inning and cut UVa's lead to 6-1 when Brian Jarosinski connected on a solo home run to left field. Jarosinski's home run was his 13th of the season.
Trailing 6-1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Terrapins made a late run and made it a 6-4 ball game by plating three runs in the side. Matt Maropis doubled to left field to lead off the side before scoring a run in Maryland's next at-bat when Anthony Buffone poked a RBI-single through the left side. Buffone eventually scored a run himself from third base on a wild pitch by UVa's Scott Morgenthaler. The Terrapins' Jarosinski later singled before he scored a run on a RBI-single through the right side by Jason Maxey to pull Maryland within two runs at 6-4.
The Terrapins scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and tied the game at 6-6 when Bobby Ryan walked before scoring on a RBI-double by Maropis before Maropis scored a run himself on a RBI-single up the middle by Will Frazier to knot the score at 6-6.
Virginia scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning on a Maryland error. With a runner on second (Tom Hagan after reaching base on a walk) and two outs, the Cavaliers scored the game-winning run on a throwing error by Terrapins' shortstop Dan Melvin on a ground-out situation to allow Hagan to score a run. Melvin scooped up a grounder near second base but overthrew the first baseman to allow Hagan to cross the plate.
Virginia's Canon Hickman (5-2) picked up the victory after going 2.2 scoreless innings on the mound and scattered three hits to close out the game. UVa's Avery went 7.0 innings and gave up three runs on six hits to go along with four strikeouts in a no-decision.
The Terrapins' Justin Hulse (1-1) took the loss after allowing one unearned run on two hits to go along with two strikeouts. Maryland starting pitcher Sean Kane lasted 6.0 innings and gave up four runs on nine hits and struck out three batters.
With the victory, Virginia's record improves to 31-7 overall, 13-4 in the ACC. The loss drops Maryland's record to 16-20 overall, 2-12 in the conference. UVa's win secures the series for the Cavaliers as they take a two games to none lead in the series.
The Cavaliers and Terrapins will return to action on Sunday, April 18th to play the third and final contest of the three-game ACC series. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM at Prince George's Stadium.
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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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