No. 1 Virginia Wins Sixth Straight, 6-3 Over Marshall
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Led by a 4-for-4 night from Tyler Cannon (Sr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.), the top-ranked Virginia baseball team knocked off Marshall, 6-3, Tuesday at Davenport Field. Six Virginia pitchers combined to limit the Thundering Herd to six hits as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight game.
Cannon extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games. With his first-inning double, Cannon tied the Virginia career record for doubles with 53, matching Brandon Guyer (2005-07). John Barr (Jr., Ivyland, Pa.) and Stephen Bruno (Fr., Audubon, N.J.) each added a pair of hits for UVa.
Branden Kline (Fr., Frederick, Md.), the first of five Virginia relievers, earned the win to improve to 2-0 this season. He fired two innings of scoreless relief while striking out two. Kevin Arico (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) pitched a perfect ninth inning to notch his seventh save of the season and his 18th career save as he moved into a second-place tie in the all-time UVa annals.
Kevin Shackelford (0-1) took the loss for the Thundering Herd after allowing three unearned runs in 1.2 innings of work. He allowed four hits. Marshall committed four errors in the contest, leading to five unearned runs.
Virginia (18-3) drew first blood with a second-inning run. Jarrett Parker (Jr., Stafford, Va.) led off with a double to deep center and moved to third on a John Hicks (So., Sandy Hook, Va.) fly ball to right field. John Barr then hit a sacrifice fly to right to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead.
Marshall (8-10) tied the game in the fourth inning, as Victor Gomez doubled to right-center with one out and scored on a single to right by Kurt Lipton.
The Cavaliers took advantage of a pair of Marshall errors to take the lead back in bottom of the fourth with three runs. Hicks reached on third baseman Josh Valle’s throwing error to lead off the inning. Shackelford then errantly attempted a pickoff throw to first base to move Hicks to second. With two out Bruno lined a single to right-center to plate Hicks. Phil Gosselin (Jr., West Chester, Pa.) then tripled to center to score Bruno, and Cannon ripped a single to right to bring Gosselin in and push the UVa lead to 4-1.
UVa tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Steven Proscia (So., Suffern, N.Y.) reached on shortstop Kenny Socorro’s fielding error to start the inning and then stole second base. He advanced to third on a flyout by Parker and scored on a Hicks single. Barr followed with a single to move Hicks to third. Kenny Swab (Jr., Kernersville, N.C.) then reached on a Valle throwing error, with Hicks scoring on the play.
The Cavaliers return to action this weekend with a three-game series against Clemson at Davenport Field. The Tigers are ranked as high as No. 5 nationally this week and will be making their first visit to Charlottesville since 2006. All three games will be broadcast by WINA 1070-AM and 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 two hours prior to each game.
General admission seating is available in the grandstand and left-field bleachers as well as the grass hillside and the new bleachers located along the right-field line. 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.