No. 10 Baseball Rallies for 7-4 Win vs. Maryland
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Led by a three-run seventh-inning rally, the No. 10 Virginia baseball team posted a 7-4 win over Maryland Friday night in ACC play at Davenport Field.
Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.) and Danny Hultzen (Fr., Bethesda, Md.) each recorded four hits to lead the Cavalier offense. The four-hit night was a career high for Hultzen, while Parker earned his second four-hit game this season. Parker also scored three times.
Hultzen also started on the mound for Virginia and tossed 6.2 innings, giving up four earned runs, seven hits and four walks while striking out five. UVa’s bullpen pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, with Kevin Arico (So., Flemington, N.J.) earning the win and moving to 1-0 on the year after pitching 1.1 innings. Matt Packer (Jr., Germantown, Tenn.) notched his second save by hurling a perfect ninth inning.
Brett Harman (3-3) took the loss for Maryland after pitching 6.0 innings and giving up five runs (four earned), eight hits and two walks while striking out seven. David Poutier accounted for all four Maryland runs, going 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and a two-run single.
The game was delayed for 19 minutes during the fourth inning because of a minor power failure which knocked out much of the lighting at Davenport Field.
Virginia (25-4, 7-4 ACC) opened the scoring by nabbing a run in the first inning. Parker led off with a double off the Blue Monster in center field and advanced on the next pitch when Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) grounded out to first. Parker then scored on a single to left-center by Hultzen.
UVa tacked on a run in the second, as John Hicks (Fr., Sandy Hook, Va.) tripled with one out and scored when Franco Valdes (Jr., Miami, Fla.) hit a grounder to second and reached on an error.
Maryland (13-16, 3-10) tied the game in the third inning. Dan Benick singled to lead off and scored on a home run by Poutier. The Terrapins forged ahead in the fourth on a two-out, two-run single by Poutier.
Virginia mounted a comeback in the seventh inning. Parker led off with a single and moved to second when Gosselin walked. Hultzen then put down a bunt and beat it out, and the throw to first was wild, allowing Parker to score and putting runners on second and third. Adam Kolarek relieved Harman and gave up a sacrifice fly to deep center by Dan Grovatt (So,., Tabernacle, N.J.). Dan Gentzler came on in relief and fired a wild pitch to bring in Hultzen with the go-ahead run.
UVa added two insurance runs in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Gosselin and an RBI single from Grovatt.
The teams return to Davenport Field at 4 p.m. Saturday and conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday.