No. 1 Virginia Baseball Downs Dartmouth, 11-5
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Virginia baseball team piled up 18 hits in an 11-5 victory over Dartmouth Sunday at Davenport Field. The game was the first in a UVa doubleheader, with the Cavaliers facing Wright State next at 3 p.m. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) racked up four hits for the second straight game and now has nine hits in the three games this weekend. He also scored three times.
Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.) added three hits and three RBI, while Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.), in his first career start, went 3-for-3, drove in two and scored twice. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) had a pair of hits plus three RBI.
Tyler Wilson (Jr., Midlothian, Va.) earned the win for Virginia with three innings of relief. Wilson (1-0) allowed one earned run, three hits and a walk while striking out one. Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.) tossed the final 2.1 innings to pick up his first college save. Kline allowed just a hit and a walk in his stint on the mound.
UVa starter Will Roberts (So., Richmond, Va.) worked 3.2 innings, allowing four earned runs, six hits and one walk while striking out four. Dartmouth starter Kyle Hendricks (0-1) took the loss after giving up five earned runs, eight hits and two walks in four innings.
Dartmouth (1-2) put three runs on the board in the first inning. The Big Green put runners at second and third with none out before Roberts got Mike Sclafini to strike out and Jim Wren to ground out to second to bring home the first run. Jeff Onstott then ripped a single back up the box which ricocheted off Roberts and into the left field, scoring Ennis Coble. After a single by Brett Gardner put runners at first and third, Dartmouth successfully executed a double steal of second and home, with Onstott swiping home, giving the Big Green a 3-0 advantage.
Dartmouth manufactured another run in the third inning, as Sclafani led off with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. He advanced to third on a flyout to right by Wren and scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Onstott.
Virginia (8-2) put a big dent in the Dartmouth lead with three runs in the third. Stephen Bruno led off with a single up the middle. Gosselin followed with a ground-rule double to left field, and Werman plated both runners with a triple down the right-field line. Werman then scored on a Hendricks wild pitch.
The Cavaliers forged ahead in the next inning. John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) pulled the first pitch of the inning down the left-field line for a double. Swab then hit a bullet past the second baseman into right-center field for a single, scoring Hicks to tie the game. Swab then stole second and advanced to third on a Franco Valdes (Sr., Miami, Fla.) groundout. Bruno followed with a fly ball to the warning track in left field to score Swab and give UVa the 5-4 lead.
UVa tacked on a run in the fifth inning on a Swab fielder’s choice which plated Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.), who doubled to lead off the frame.
UVa added a pair of runs in the sixth and seventh innings. In the sixth Bruno and Gosselin hit back-to-back singles to lead off, and both moved up on a Werman sacrifice. With two out, Proscia cranked a single to center, scoring both runners and pushing UVa to an 8-4 advantage.
In the seventh, Dartmouth scored its final run on a Jim Wren single to plate Sam Bean. UVa countered in the bottom of the inning with RBI singles from Bruno and Werman to stretch the lead to 10-5. The Cavaliers added one more tally in the eighth on a Swab double to right-center to score Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) from first base.