Cavaliers Advance to NCAA Super Regionals, Secure 50th Win
June 2, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia advanced to the next weekend’s NCAA Super Regionals with an 11-3 win over Elon on Sunday (June 2) in the 2013 NCAA Charlottesville Regional championship game before a crowd of 3,792 at Davenport Field.
Virginia improves to 50-10 and will the host the NCAA Super Regionals in a best-of-3 series beginning Friday (June 7) or Saturday (June 8). The Cavaliers’ opponent and dates and times of the NCAA Super Regional will be announced Monday (June 3) at approximately 11 p.m. Elon made its sixth NCAA Baseball Championship appearance and finished the season with a 34-30 record.
Trailing 3-0, the Cavaliers broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Nate Irving (So., Yonkers, N.Y.) ignited the rally with a leadoff double and scored on Jared King’s (R-Sr., Radford, Va.) double down the left field line. Joe McCarthy (Fr., Scranton, Pa.) and Brandon Downes (So., South Plainfield, N.J.) drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Derek Fisher (So., Rexmont, Pa.) delivered a two-run single to right ending the day for Elon starter Nate Young. Reed Gragnani’s (Sr., Richmond, Va.) groundout moved Downes and Fisher into scoring position. Nick Howard (So., Olney, Md.) delivered a two-run single and Kenny Towns (So., Burke, Va.) drilled an RBI double to left.
Howard led Virginia’s 14-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI and Fisher drove in three runs with a pair of hits. Towns had three RBI while King and Downes added two hits apiece.
David Rosenberger (Fr., Bethlehem, Pa.) earned his third win in relief of starter Whit Mayberry (R-Jr., Alexandria, Va.), who was pulled after allowing three runs on five hits in three innings. Rosenberger took the mound in the fourth and allowed two hits with a career-best four strikeouts in five scoreless innings. Austin Young (Jr., Mechanicsville, Va.) and Josh Sborz (Fr., McLean, Va.) pitched the ninth for Virginia.
Ryan Kinsella led Elon’s offensive attack with a two-run home run, his only hit of the regional, and Casey Jones added an RBI double. Losing pitcher Young (2-2) allowed five runs on four hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Reliever Ryan Pennell allowed four runs on six hits in 1.2 innings. Jacob Baker, Jordan Darnell, Brandon Kacer, John Antonelli and Tyler Manez also pitched for the Phoenix.
Quinn Bower led off the game with a double and Elon jumped to a 2-0 lead when Kinsella cranked his 21st home run, a two-run opposite field shot to left.
In the top of the third, Elon increased its lead to 3-0 as Alex Swim singled and scored on Jones’ two-out double.
After UVa’s six-run third inning, the Cavaliers went up 8-3 as Downes plated McCarthy with an RBI double and Fisher followed with an RBI single up the middle. Irving added a sacrifice fly in the fifth and Towns’ RBI groundout made it 10-3 after seven innings. Towns tacked on another RBI in the eighth after he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth.
Virginia pitcher Kyle Crockett (Jr., Poquoson, Va.) was named Most Outstanding Player of the Charlottesville Regional. Crockett saved two of Virginia’s three wins in the regional. UVa’s Irving (C), Howard (SS), Towns (3B), McCarthy (OF) and pitcher Scott Silverstein (R-Sr., Olney, Md.) and Elon’s Kinsella (1B), Chris Bresnahan (2B) and Jones (OF) and UNCW’s Corey Dick (DH) and Tyler Molinaro (OF) joined Crockett on the all-regional team.
SUPER REGIONAL TICKET INFORMATION
NCAA Super Regional ticket books may be purchased in person at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall, by calling the Ticket Office at (800) 542-8821 or logging on to VirginiaSports.com. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Davenport Field will seat 4,956 for postseason play.
All-session General Admission ticket books are currently on sale for $24, while all-session Reserved ticket books are available for $36.
Any remaining single-session tickets for the super regional would go on sale on Friday, June 7 at 9 a.m. and will be $16 for Reserved and $12 for General Admission.
New for the 2013 postseason, seating in the left- and right-field bleachers will be reserved. Again this year, all seating in the grandstands and bleachers along the first-baseline will be reserved. General admission tickets are valid for the grass hillside along the left-field line and for standing room only.
Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as it is the only way to guarantee they will be able to attend all tournament games.
Customers ordering tickets from now until game day may pick up their tickets during regular business hours at the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office in Bryant Hall or at Davenport Field Will Call on game day beginning two hours prior to the first session of the day.
Ticket sales at Davenport Field begin two hours prior to the first session each day and end at the top of the seventh inning on the last session each day. Fans may upgrade from General Admission to Reserved on game day, subject to availability, at the Davenport Field ticket windows for $4 per ticket.