No. 1 Virginia Finishes Sweep of Boston College With 11-1 Win
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team finished off a three-game series sweep of Boston College Sunday afternoon with an 11-1 victory over the Eagles at Davenport Field. The win also clinched a perfect 5-0 week for the Cavaliers.
The Davenport Field crowd of 3,206 on Sunday pushed Virginia’s attendance for the weekend to 9,642 – most ever for a three-game series at UVa. The previous mark was 7,559, set May 11-13, 2007, for a series with North Carolina State.
Virginia starting pitcher Cody Winiarski (Jr., Franksville, Wis.) recorded his best outing as a Cavalier, working six innings and allowing one earned run, three hits and two walks while striking out three. Winiarski earned the win to improve to 2-0 this year. Neal Davis (Sr., Baltimore, Md.) and Whit Mayberry (Fr., Alexandria, Va.) combined to shut the Eagles out over the final three innings.
Virginia’s starting pitching was impressive all weekend. Winiarski, Danny Hultzen (So., Bethesda, Md.) and Robert Morey (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) each earned wins and went at least six innings. Over the weekend the trio combined to record a 0.81 ERA in 21 innings and allowed just two earned runs, 10 hits and three walks while striking out 23.
Boston College starter Hunter Gordon (0-1) was knocked from the game after putting the first two runners on in the second inning. He gave up six runs, four hits and two walks.
Eight of the nine Virginia starters recorded at least one hit. Dan Grovatt (Jr., Tabernacle, N.J.) homered as part of a 2-for-4, four-RBI day, while Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) also had a pair of hits. Gosselin went 7-for-10 with three doubles over the weekend.
Virginia (17-3, 5-1 ACC) jumped on Gordon quickly for four first-inning runs. Gosselin singled to lead off and moved to second on a Keith Werman (So., Vienna, Va.) sacrifice bunt. After Gordon walked Grovatt and Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) to load the bases, Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) ripped a 3-1 pitch off the right-center field wall to clear the bases and give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead. Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) then singled through the drawn-in infield to push the lead to 4-0 and extend his hit streak to a dozen games.
In the second the Cavaliers added a pair of runs while forcing Gordon from the game. John Barr (Jr., Ivyland, Pa.) singled to right to lead off and Gosselin was hit by a pitch, spelling the end of the day for Gordon. Geoff Oxley came on in relief and was quickly tested when Werman laid down another bunt. Oxley slipped and fell while fielding the ball, allowing Werman to reach with a single to load the bases. Grovatt and Proscia then hit consecutive sacrifice flies to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Virginia tacked on two more runs in the third inning on a two-out, two-run single by Grovatt, scoring Franco Valdes (Sr., Miami, Fla.) and Barr.
Boston College (7-12, 1-5) scored its lone run in the fourth inning on a solo home run to right field by Mickey Wiswall. The Cavaliers got that run back in the sixth inning when Grovatt homered to left-center for his fourth long ball of the season.
The Cavaliers increased their lead to 11-1 in the seventh when Gosselin scorched a double to right, scoring Valdes and Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.).
Virginia continues its season-long nine-game homestand at 5 p.m. Tuesday when it plays host to Marshall. The game will be broadcast online through V Pass at VirginiaSports.com.