May 19, 2005
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia Cavaliers (36-17, 12-14 ACC) defeated the Duke Blue Devils (14-36, 5-23 ACC) by the score of 7-1 in the first contest of a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series at Davenport Field at the UVa Baseball Stadium. UVa pitchers Jeff Kamrath and Scott Morgenthaler combined to allow just one Blue Devil run and the Cavaliers' offense produced seven runs and executed a pair of two-out rallies to lead Virginia to its fourth consecutive win. UVa scored three runs in the first inning which proved to be enough as the Cavaliers pitching and defense wouldn't allow Duke to get any closer. Virginia's win gives UVa a 1-0 lead in the three-game series with the Blue Devils.
"Jeff Kamrath pitched extremely well tonight," said UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor. "He gave us a great start and threw six innings and Scott Morgenthaler came in and gave us three great innings out of the bullpen. Fortunately, we were able to jump out on top of Duke in the early part of the game. We've now won game one of the series, now we need to come out and play the same on Friday and Saturday."
Virginia scored three runs and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out rally to start off the game. UVa's Ryan Zimmerman singled through the left side and advanced to second on a wild pitch before Sean Doolittle walked to put runners on first and second. In the Cavaliers' next at-bat, Brandon Guyer connected on a RBI-double to center field to drive in Zimmerman to make it 1-0. In UVa's next at-bat, Doolittle and Guyer both scored a run on an error by Duke's shortstop Brett Bartles one play later to make it a 3-0 ballgame. Bartles fielded the ball cleanly but the ball spun out of his hand on the throw to first base allowing the pair of runs to score.
In the bottom of the third inning, Virginia made it a 5-0 contest by scoring two more runs. UVa's Matt Street led off the side with a walk before he scored two batters later on a RBI-double down the left field line by Doolittle to make it 4-0. Two batters later, Doolittle scored a run himself on another Duke throwing error, this time by the Blue Devils' third baseman Kyle Kreick, to make the score 5-0. Kreick fielded the ball cleanly but overthrew first baseman Javier Socorro badly allowing another run to score.
UVa tacked on another pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and made it a 7-0 contest with another two-out rally. After Street singled to reach first base, he scored a run one batter later to make it 6-0 when Zimmerman posted an RBI-double to right-center field. Zimmerman would score a run himself one batter later when Doolittle ripped a two-run RBI-double to left-center field to give Virginia a 7-0 advantage.
The Blue Devils finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning and made it a 7-1 ballgame when Senterrio Landrum singled to lead off the side before he scored Duke's first and only run of the game three batters later on a RBI-single through the right side by Javier Socorro. But that would be as close as Duke would get as UVa came away with the six-run victory.
UVa's Kamrath (8-4) picked up the win on the mound after going 6.0 strong innings and allowed one run on five hits and struck out a game-high five batters. Kamrath was replaced in the seventh inning by Morgenthaler who pitched 3.0 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits to pick up his first collegiate save en route to closing out the game.
Duke starting pitcher Greg Burke (5-8) took the loss after going 4.0 innings and allowed seven runs (four earned) on six hits and struck out a team-high four batters.
Virginia and Duke will return to action on Friday, May 20th when the Cavaliers and Blue Devils play the second contest of the three-game ACC series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM 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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