June 4, 2006
CHARLOTTESVILLE - The Evansville Purple Aces eliminated the Virginia Cavaliers from the Charlottesville Regional with a 15-4 win Sunday afternoon in an elimination game at Davenport Field. Evansville will meet South Carolina at 6 p.m. Sunday in the next game of the regional.
The Purple Aces (42-21) had each starter record at least one hit. Kasey Wahl went 4 for 6 with 5 RBIs, while Jim Viscomi went 3 for 4 with 4 runs scored. Sean Doolittle led the Cavaliers (47-15) offensively by going 3 for 3 with 3 doubles and 3 RBIs.
Scott Souther went seven innings on the mound for Evansville, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out eight. He improved his record to 7-1 on the season. Jacob Thompson took the loss for Virginia, falling to 10-4 on the year.
Evansville jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Viscomi led off the game with a single. Two groundouts moved him to third, when Pat Tumility hit a two-run home run over the right field wall for his 13th home run of the year. Kirk Bascu singled and stole second. He attempted to score on Robbie Minor's single, but was thrown out at the plate by Cavalier right fielder Brandon Marsh.
The Purple Aces added to their lead with five runs in the top of the third. Viscomi was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Kern Watts singled to advance Viscomi to second. Viscomi and Watts successfully completed a double steal with Viscomi scoring when the throw to second went into center field. Watts scored as Wahl hit a two-run homer to left. It was Wahl's seventh home run of the season. Tumility singled before Bascu flew out for the first out of the inning. Minor was hit by a pitch and Jeff Fontaine walked to load the bases for Kyle Smith. Smith drove in two runs with a single up the middle. The bases were loaded again Gabe Bauer was hit by a pitch. Viscomi struck out for the second out of the inning and Watts flew out to center to end the inning.
Virginia answered in the bottom of the third with a run. Greg Miclat led off with a double, advancing to third when the right fielder misplayed the ball. He was driven in when Sean Doolittle hit a double off the left center field wall.
In the top of the fifth, Fontaine led off with a single and was pinch run for by Jeff Zelenovich. Kyle Smith walked before Bauer bunted them over to second and third. Viscomi hit a bunt down the third base line that scored Zelenovich, and Smith also scored on the play when the throw went to the backstop. Viscomi moved to second on the play and stole third. He scored when Watts hit a grounder back to the pitcher that was thrown away on the attempt at home. Watts scored on Wahl's double down the right field line. The Purple Aces scored four runs in the inning, to extend their lead to 11-1.
Virginia scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Marsh hit a one out single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Doolittle drove him home with a double to right center. Brandon Guyer drove in Doolittle with an RBI single to left.
In the top of the sixth, Minor, Smith, and Bauer singled to load the bases. Viscomi walked to force in a run. Watts' sacrifice fly brought in another run. Wahl hit a single to right center that scored two more runs to make the Evansville advantage 15-3.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Cavaliers got one run as John Scaglione walked and scored on Doolittle's third double of the game.
Evansville will meet South Carolina at 6 p.m. Sunday in the next game of the regional. If the Gamecocks win, they will eliminate Evansville and advance to a Super Regional next weekend against the winner of the Athens Regional. If the Purple Aces win Sunday's second game, the two teams will meet again in an elimination game Monday at 6 p.m.
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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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