May 14, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The University of Virginia baseball team (32-17, 10-14 ACC) dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision to the #4 ranked Miami Hurricanes (38-11-1, 19-6-1 ACC) in the second contest of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. Miami's Danny Valencia produced the lone run of the game when he connected on a solo home run to left-center field, and that was enough to lift the Hurricanes to the series deciding win. The game was the Cavaliers' second consecutive one-run loss against the Hurricanes in the series after falling 7-6 in game one on Friday. The one-run loss was also Virginia's seventh this season in the ACC.
"Tonight was a heartbreaking loss," said UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor. "There were no moral victories (for us tonight). Our guys continued to battle, but unfortunately in a number of these league games, we are falling just a run short. Last night we had great offense and we didn't have great pitching, and tonight we got great pitching but we didn't have great offense. It's key that we need to put it all together against these good clubs."
After playing four scoreless innings of baseball, Miami scored the lone run of the ballgame in the top of the fifth inning. The `Canes Valencia hit his fifth home run of the season over the left-center field wall and that would prove to be enough scoring as Miami relied on the steady pitching from its staff that combined to strike out nine Virginia batters. The Cavaliers stranded eight base runners (five in scoring position) in the contest and were unable to come up with an equalizing run.
The Hurricanes' Dan Touchet (3-3) evened his record on the season by earning the win after going 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed five hits while striking out four batters. Closer Chris Parez picked up his second save of the series and his sixth save of the year by going 2.0 scoreless innings and gave up just one hit to ice the win.
Though he took the loss in the game, UVa starting pitcher Jeff Kamrath (7-4) pitched a gem against the potent Hurricane offense. Kamrath nearly went the distance as he lasted 8.1 innings and allowed one run while scattering six hits and struck out a game-high six batters. Virginia's Sean Doolittle pitched 0.2 of an inning and struck out one in relief duty.
The Cavaliers and Hurricanes will return to action on Sunday, May 15th when Virginia and Miami play the third and final contest of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for noon 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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