Morey Pitches No. 13 Baseball to 2-0 Win at Boston College
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. Behind 7.2 scoreless innings from starting pitcher Robert Morey (So., Virginia Beach, Va.), the No. 13 Virginia baseball team recorded a 2-0 win over Boston College on a cool, breezy Sunday at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. The Cavaliers finished off a 2-1 series win.<?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>
The shutout was Virginia’s fourth this season and the first in an ACC game since a 4-0 blanking of Maryland on April 29, 2007. It was UVa’s first in a road ACC contest since a 3-0 whitewashing at Clemson on April 21, 2007.
Morey (1-0) allowed four hits (all singles) and walked only one while striking out a career-high 12 batters. His 7.2 innings on the mound also marked a career best. Morey did not allow a hit through the first 3.2 innings.
Kevin Arico (So., Flemington, N.J.) recorded the final four outs, including the last two on a game-ending double play ball by Barry Butera, to notch his fourth save.
Boston College starter Pat Dean (4-3) threw seven strong innings, giving up two earned runs and nine hits. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) doubled twice as part of a 3-for-4 day. John Barr (So., Ivyland, Pa.) and John Hicks (Fr., Sandy Hook, Va.) each had a pair of hits.
The Cavaliers (30-8-1, 11-7-1 ACC) used a two-out rally in the first inning to score the game’s first run. Phil Gosselin (So., West Chester, Pa.) doubled to left field, then came home on a single to right by Dan Grovatt (So., Tabernacle, N.J.).
The pitchers dominated as both teams went six scoreless frames before Virginia struck for a run in the seventh inning. Barr led off with a single to center and stole second. Franco Valdes (Jr., Miami, Fla.) put down a sacrifice bunt to move Barr to third and Jarrett Parker (So., Stafford, Va.) stung a 1-1 pitch down the right-field line to score Barr.
Boston College (24-15, 10-9) posted its biggest threat in the eighth inning. The Eagles got a two-out infield single from Brad Zapenas, prompting UVa to bring in Arico. He allowed an Andrew Lawrence single to right field on an 0-2 pitch to put runners at first and third but rebounded to strike out BC slugger Tony Sanchez swinging to squelch the threat.
Virginia continues its road swing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, traveling to The Diamond in Richmond to face VCU.