June 4, 2005
CORVALLIS, Oregon - The #2 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (41-20) dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the #4 seeded Ohio State Buckeyes (40-19) in the elimination game of the 2005 Corvallis Regional at Coleman Field at Goss Stadium on the campus of Oregon State University. Ohio State broke a 1-1 tie game and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth with two outs when Eric Fryer singled up the middle to score teammate Jason Zoeller for the decisive run.
UVa starting pitcher Jeff Kamrath pitched an outstanding game for the Cavaliers, but it wasn't enough as the Virginia offense scored just one run and connected on just four hits as its 2005 season came to an abrupt end. UVa's one-run loss to Ohio State was UVa's 10th one-run loss of the season.
After playing through four and a half scoreless innings of baseball, Ohio State scored the first run of the game and took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Buckeyes' Wes Schirtzinger led off the side with a single up the middle before he scored from third base four batters later on a RBI-single to shallow center field by Matt Angle.
But the Cavaliers answered right back in the top of the sixth inning and Virginia tied the game at 1-1 when UVa's Kyle Werman doubled down the left field line to lead off the side before he scored a run in Virginia's next at-bat when Tim Henry connected on a RBI-single up the middle.
The game would remain tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the ninth inning, and that's when Ohio State took advantage of the key play of the game. The Buckeyes' Jason Zoeller reached first base to start off the inning when he hit a chopper to third base that was fielded by the Cavaliers' Ryan Zimmerman. Zimmerman gloved the bobbling ball, spun 360 degrees and then fired a throw to first baseman Sean Doolittle in a bang-bang play. Zoeller was called safe on the play and an error was charged to Zimmerman which would later loom large. In OSU's next at-bat, Schirtzinger advanced Zoeller to second base with a sacrifice bunt before Kamrath coaxed Jedidiah Stephen into a pop-up for the second out of the inning. One batter later, Zoeller moved to third base on a single to left field by Paul Farinacci to put runners on first and third base with two outs. That set the table for the number nine hitter in the order, Eric Fryer, who then trickled a RBI-single up the middle to score Zoeller to lift the Buckeyes to the one-run win.
UVa's Kamrath (9-5) took the loss after going 8.2 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and struck out a game-high six batters. Kamrath's six strikeouts increased his career total to 205 which ranks eighth all-time at Virginia.
OSU starting pitcher Dan DeLucia (6-5) picked up the win and pitched a complete game after going 9.0 innings and allowed one run on four hits and struck out two batters.
* UVa's fourth-year class goes out as the winningest group of Cavaliers ever in the history of the Virginia baseball program. UVa's fourth-year class won 141 games over the past four seasons and has won more games in consecutive years than any two consecutive Virginia campaigns after UVa won 85 games the last two seasons (2004 and 2005).
* The Cavaliers' Werman tied a school record for most games played by a Virginia player with 221 after competing against Ohio State. Teammate Matt Street finished tied for third in UVa history with 219 games played.
* Street also finished second all-time at Virginia in at-bats (861) and hit by a pitch (38), third in runs scored (183) and was fifth in hits (255) and stolen bases (55).
* Virginia's Zimmerman finished fifth in doubles (47), sixth in hits (250) and seventh in most RBI (140) in UVa history. He also established a new school record for most hits in a single season with 92, breaking his own record of 90 last season (2004).
* The Cavaliers' Kamrath finished tied for fourth in school history with 20 wins.
*UVa head baseball coach Brian O'Connor is 85-35 in his two seasons as a head coach, including a mark of 32-20 in the ACC and 2-4 in the NCAA Tournament.
* The Cavaliers are now 8-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, but went 0-2 for the first time in a NCAA Regional.
* Virginia lost three consecutive games to close out the 2005 season, marking just the third time this year the Cavaliers lost three consecutive contests.
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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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