May 8, 2004
Charlottesville, VA – After losing Friday by a score of 8-0, No. 7 Virginia (37-10, 15-5 ACC) evened the series Saturday night with a 15-2 victory over No. 24 Florida State (30-18, 9-8 ACC) in front of a crowd of 2,430 at Davenport Field Saturday night. UVa starter Matt Avery (5-2) earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits in 7.1 innings of work. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had five hits to lead Virginia offensively.
The Cavaliers took control of the game early with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Brian Schultz walked the first two Virginia batters (Matt Street and Mark Reynolds) of the game and Zimmerman reached on a bunt base hit to load the bases. Joe Koshansky plated Street with a groundout and Paul Gillispie knocked in the second run with an infield single. Koshansky would later score on a balk and Gillispie came around on a double by Scott Headd.
Another four-run inning put Virginia up 8-0 after three. After a single by Gillispie, Headd hit the first home run of his career over the left field wall. Street and Reynolds each added RBI-singles to complete the scoring in the third.
The Cavs erased any doubt with seven runs in the sixth to increase their lead to 15-0.
In the top of the seventh, the Seminoles broke the shutout with a single run as Ryne Malone singled home Brant Peacher. FSU added one more in the eighth on Stephen Drew’s RBI single for the final margin of 15-2.
After an impressive outing last weekend at Clemson, Schultz (5-1) took the loss after allowing eight runs (all earned) on 10 hits in three innings of work. He walked three and struck out four.
Florida State and Virginia complete the three series Sunday at 1:00 p.m. FSU right-hander Mark Sauls (3-4, 5.55 ERA) is scheduled to face Cavalier left-hander Joe Koshansky (7-1, 2.45 ERA).