Clutch ABs Push No. 14 Baseball to 5-4 Win over Marshall
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. The No. 14 Virginia baseball team stretched its school-record winning streak to 16 games with a 5-4 win over Marshall Tuesday afternoon at Davenport Field. In contrast to the majority of the wins in the streak, this victory came by virtue of a seventh-inning rally with the Cavaliers scoring four times with two out to come back from a 4-1 deficit.
The Cavaliers’ 16-game winning streak is the longest active win streak in the country, and UVa remains the only undefeated team in Division I this year.
Tyler Cannon (Jr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two stolen bases for Virginia. Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) added two hits, while Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.) had a hit to extend his hitting streak this season to 16 games. He also has an 18-game streak dating to last season.
Virginia reliever Matt Packer (Jr., Germantown, Tenn.) pitched three innings to earn his first win of 2009. Kevin Arico (So., Flemington, N.J.) tossed two scoreless innings to earn his first career save.
Marshall reliever Andrew Blain (1-1) gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and was credited with the loss. Thundering Herd starter Greg Williams stifled the Cavaliers throughout the day. He retired the first 10 batters of the game and surrendered only one hit through the first five innings. He went 6.1 innings, giving up three runs (two earned), five hits and a walk while striking out five.
Virginia (16-0) scored all of its runs with two out, with the deciding runs coming in a four-run seventh inning. The Cavaliers loaded the bases with one out before a John Barr (So., Ivyland, Pa.) strikeout left UVa with two out. Blain came in for the lefty-lefty matchup against Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.), who coaxed a walk to score a run. Cannon followed with an opposite-field single, which plated two more runs and tied the game at four.
Ian Kadish came on and allowed a stolen base to Cannon and then walked Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) to load the bases. Kadish then balked, allowing Parker to score the go-ahead run.
UVa dug its biggest hole of the season earlier in the game, as Marshall (7-9) scored three runs in the fourth inning. Nate Lape was hit by a pitch to lead off and scored on a double by Victor Gomez. After a groundout moved Gomez to third, Roberts struck out Rhett Stafford. Josh Valle followed with a walk and Kevin Shackelford then hit a grounder to shortstop, which was booted by Cannon, allowing Gomez to score. Kenny Socorro followed with a single up the middle to plate Valle and give Marshall a 3-0 lead.
UVa took advantage of a Marshall error to break through and score a run in the sixth inning. Cannon was hit by a pitch with two out. He then attempted to steal second, but Williams threw to first for a pickoff throw, which bounced off the glove of Gomez and allowed Cannon to move all the way to third. Cannon scored on a Gosselin single off the glove of Marshall second baseman Adam Yeager. UVa’s attempt for a second run was thwarted when Ben Jurevicius gunned down Gosselin at the plate after a Grovatt single.
The Herd got the run back in the seventh inning. Yeager led off with a single and moved up on a groundout. He then scored on a Gomez single to center, giving Marshall a 4-1 lead.
Virginia is slated for two games Wednesday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers will play Canisius at 4 p.m., then will face Wagner 45 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.