Biddix Walk-Off Single Pushes Orange to 3-2 Win in Game 4
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Tyler Biddix hit a walkoff single with two out and the bases loaded in the ninth to lift the Orange team to a 3-2 win over the Blue team Tuesday in Game 4 of the Orange and Blue World Series at Davenport Field. The game marked the first contest of the second three-game series; the Orange swept the first three-game set.
The teams play again at 6 p.m. Thursday. On Friday, UVa will host a celebration of the 2009 team as well as the ACC Championship and College World Series ring ceremony at 6 p.m. prior to Game 6 of the Orange and Blue World Series. For full information on that event, click here.
Robert Morey picked up the win for the Orange with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. The Orange also got strong pitching from starter Shane Halley (5.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H) and Neal Davis (2.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H). Corey Hunt took the loss for the Blue and pitched the final 1.2 innings. Whit Mayberry started for the Blue and pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs and four hits while striking out three.
Pitching and defense dominated for most of the day as each team recorded seven hits while there were several strong defensive plays. Jarrett Parker of the Orange team was the only player with more than one hit. He went 2-for-4 with a triple. Chris Taylor homered and drove in two for the Orange.
The Orange struck quickly in the bottom of the first, as Parker launched a triple to center field and scored when Taylor grounded out to second base.
The Blue tied the game in the fourth inning on a groundout by John Barr which plated Danny Hultzen, but the Orange responded with a run in its half of the fourth when Taylor ripped a solo home run into the left-field bleachers.
The Blue knotted the score in the sixth inning, but missed out on a big inning after loading the bases with none out. Reed Gragnani grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to score Tyler Cannon, but the Blue could not do any more damage.
In the bottom of the ninth, Dan Grovatt doubled to lead off. John Hicks was intentionally walked and John Hicks moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt. Hunt intentionally walked Stephen Bruno to load the bases and then got Jared King to ground to third base, with Grovatt getting thrown out at the plate for the second out. Biddix then lined a single up the middle to plate Swab with the winning run.
Orange & Blue World Series (all games are at 6 p.m.)
Game 1: Orange 7, Blue 4
Game 2: Orange 9, Blue 2
Game 3: Orange 6, Blue 5 (Orange wins first series, 3-0)
Game 4: Orange 3, Blue 2
Game 5: Thursday, October 15
Game 6: Friday, October 16
(Ring Ceremony/Celebration of 2009 Team/Youth Baseball Day)
Game 7: Tuesday, October 20