No. 1 Virginia Baseball Dominates Dartmouth, 14-3
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team recorded two big innings in a 14-3 victory over Dartmouth Saturday afternoon in front of 2,414 fans at Davenport Field. UVa (7-2) scored six runs in the second inning, then blew the game open with an eight-run fourth inning.
Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) led the Cavaliers’ 16-hit effort with a career-high four hits. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) and Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) each added a pair of hits as well as three RBI. Every UVa starter scored at least one time. UVa’s one through four hitters – Gosselin, Cannon, Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) and Proscia – combined to go 10-for-16 with nine RBI and seven runs.
Virginia starting pitcher Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) worked six innings, giving up two earned runs, five hits and a walk while striking out three. Morey improved to 2-1 this season after earning the win. Dartmouth starter Ben Murray (0-1) was tagged for 10 earned runs and 10 hits over three innings while absorbing the loss. He walked four and did not record a strikeout.
Dartmouth (1-1) got off to a quick start with a first-inning run on a Jim Wren sacrifice fly to score Jake Carlson, who led off the game with a single.
In the second inning Virginia sent 10 batters to the plate while scoring six times. UVa loaded the bases with none out before designated hitter Reed Gragnani (Fr., Richmond, Va.) lifted a sacrifice fly to center field. Gosselin followed with an RBI single deep in the hole at shortstop, and Cannon then singled to left to plate the third run of the inning. After a walk to Grovatt loaded the bases, Proscia ripped a double into the left-field corner to score Gosselin and Cannon and give UVa a 5-1 lead. Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) followed with a run-scoring groundout to plate the Cavaliers’ final run of the inning.
The Cavaliers then racked up eight runs in the fourth inning as 13 batters came to the plate. The first five Virginia batters recorded hits. Gosselin led off with a single, then scored on a triple to right-center by Cannon. Grovatt, Proscia and Parker then hit consecutive RBI doubles to right field to give the Cavaliers a 10-1 cushion. One out later, John Barr (Jr., Ivyland, Pa.) singled to right to score Parker. After a walk to Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.), Gragnani ripped a run-scoring single. Gosselin then walked to load the bases and Cannon drew a walk to force in a run. Grovatt lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score the eighth run of the inning and push UVa’s lead to 14-1.
Dartmouth tallied a run in the sixth on a grounder by Joe Sclafani, scoring Ennis Coble, who tripled to lead off the inning. The Big Green posted their final run in the eighth on an RBI single by pinch hitter Jason Brooks.
In the first game Saturday, Dartmouth downed Wright State, 3-2, on Jim Wren’s walkoff double in the ninth inning which scored Jake Carlson.
UVa will play twice Sunday, taking on Dartmouth at 11:30 a.m. and Wright State at 3 p.m.