May 3, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers (32-15) defeated the Richmond Spiders (15-24) by the score of 11-0 in a non-conference game at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. The Cavaliers scored six runs in the first inning and five more runs in the third while the quartet of Robert Poutier, Scott Morgenthaler, Pat McAnaney and Casey Lambert helped pitch Virginia to its 10th win by shutout this year - extending the UVa school record for most shutouts in a single season. The Cavaliers had 10 players record a hit and the duo of Ryan Zimmerman and Sean Doolittle had a combined seven RBI as Virginia posted its 32nd win of the season while improving to 26-3 at home this year.
"We came out and had a very good offensive night," said UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor. "We had a number of guys that had hits or RBIs for us tonight and I was proud of the way our guys swung the bats and pitched. It was an important game for us to get a win and play well going into 10 days off and final exams, while also getting ready for the Miami series."
Virginia wasted no time getting on the scoreboard and took a 6-0 in the bottom of the first inning and essentially iced the game in the early going. After Tim Henry led off the side with a double to right-center and Matt Street walked, Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run triple to right-center field to drive both base runners in for a run to make it 2-0. One batter later, Sean Doolittle drove Zimmerman in for a run with a sacrifice fly to right field to make it a 3-0 ballgame. In the Cavaliers' next at-bat, Brandon Guyer singled up the middle before he scored on a RBI-single through the right side by Mike Campagna three batters later to give UVa a 4-0 lead. Later in the inning, Scott Headd walked and scored a run on a RBI-single to shallow center field by Kyle Werman two batters later to make it 5-0 before Virginia added a sixth run in the inning when Campagna scored from third base before Werman was tagged out in a rundown between first and second base to make it a 6-0 contest.
In the bottom of the third inning, the Cavaliers extended their lead to 11-0 by scoring five more runs in the side. After Headd scored on a sacrifice fly to center field by Henry and Campagna scored when Zimmerman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to make it 8-0, Sean Doolittle connected on a bases loaded triple to center field to drive in Werman, Street and Zimmerman and made it an11-0 ballgame. That would wrap up all the scoring in the game as the Cavaliers sealed another shutout win over the next five and a half innings of play.
UVa's Robert Poutier (4-1) started the game on the mound and posted his fourth win of the season as he pitched a predetermined 4.0 innings. He allowed no runs on three hits in the victory. Morgenthaler pitched an inning and struck out a team-high two batters, while McAnaney went 3.0 innings and allowed just one hit with a strikeout as did Lambert in his 1.0 inning of work to close out the game.
The Cavaliers chased the Spiders' starting pitcher Brian Alas from the game after just 3.0 innings after he allowed 11 runs on nine hits and walked five batters. Reliever Lee Rattigan went 5.0 innings and allowed no runs on four hits and struck out two.
The Cavaliers will return to home action on May 13-15 when Virginia hosts the Miami Hurricanes in a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball 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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