Morey Pitches No. 1 Virginia to 4-3 Win Over Boston College
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) tossed seven shutout innings as the top-ranked Virginia baseball team recorded a 4-3 victory over Boston College Saturday afternoon. A stadium-record crowd of 3,513 filled Davenport Field on the beautiful day to witness the Cavaliers’ win.
Morey (3-1) allowed only four hits and struck out eight. From the second to the sixth innings, he retired a dozen batters in a row, with five coming via strikeouts. He did not walk a batter in the game as he continued his recent dominance of Boston College. Last year, Morey pitched 7.2 shutout innings and struck out 12 in a 2-0 win at BC.
Virginia (16-3, 4-1 ACC) finished with 10 hits, which came from eight of the nine starters. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Cavaliers. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) extended his hit streak to a career-best 11 games with his second-inning single.
BC starting pitcher Mike Dennhardt (1-4) worked 6.1 innings and gave up four runs (three earned), nine hits and one walk while striking out four.
Virginia used a two-out rally to take a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Gosselin singled and moved to second on a Dennhardt balk. Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) then singled up the middle to score the run, and he advanced to second on the throw to the plate. He moved up to third when the throw home was wild. Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) then tripled to right-center to plate Werman for the second run.
In the seventh the Cavaliers doubled their advantage. John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) doubled to left to start the inning. One out later, Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) hit a fly ball to deep left field which was dropped by Andrew Lawrence, allowing Hicks to score and Hultzen to reach second base. Gosselin then ripped a double to left-center to bring Hultzen home and give UVa a 4-0 lead.
Boston College (7-11, 1-4) made things interesting in the ninth. The Eagles put the first two batters on base against UVa closer Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.), who then rebounded to retire the next two batters. He got ahead 0-2 on John Spatola, but then hit him in the foot. He again got ahead 0-2, but Matt Watson ripped a double to left-center to clear the bases and cut the lead to 4-3. Arico bounced back to strike out Brad Zapenas to end the game.
The Cavaliers look for the series sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday at Davenport Field. The game will be broadcast online at VirginiaSports.com.
Fans planning to attend are encouraged to arrive early and purchase tickets ahead of time online at VirginiaSports.com. The ticket booth and gates to Davenport Field will open at 11 a.m.
General admission seating is available in the grandstand and left-field bleachers as well as the grass hillside. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth (18 and under), seniors (60 and older) and faculty/staff (limit two per faculty/staff). Tickets can be ordered online at VirginiaSports.com. Advance ticket sales online end four hours prior to the game.
Free parking will be available in the University Hall, Cage and John Paul Jones Arena surface lots.
For the Sunday Little League parade, Little Leaguers are asked to arrive one hour prior to the game and listen for PA instructions.