Cavaliers Survive Scare in College Park

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

April 11, 2008

Despite a rough outing from Jacob Thompson on the mound, the Cavalier baseball team rallied in the eighth inning to come from behind and top Maryland, 11-6. Virginia improves to 27-9 on the season, 9-7 in the ACC, and snap a three game conference losing streak.

The Terrapins jumped on Thompson quickly, finding the scoreboard with one run in the bottom of the first. After Virginia took a 2-1 lead in the third, Maryland came back to tally three runs in the bottom half of the frame to make the score 4-2. The Terps added two more in the fourth, making the score 6-2.

Virginia pulled the score to 6-4 in the fifth, and that's how the score remained until the eighth inning. That's when the Cavalier bats came alive. Jeremy Farrell started the scoring by knocking in Tyler Cannon on a single. Farrell stole second on the next batter, allowing Dan Grovatt to score from third on a throwing error. Farrell would eventually score on a Franco Valdes single to give Virginia the 7-6 lead.

The Cavaliers didn't stop there. John Barr hit a pinch hit single to score David Coleman, followed by a wild pitch to score Valdes. Greg Miclat rounded out the inning with an RBI single that brought home Barr to cap off the six run frame, slamming the door on Maryland.

As for Thompson, the junior right hander lasted five innings, allowing the six earned runs on ten hits, and struck out one. He did not factor in the decision, though this is one of several shaky outings for an otherwise reliable pitcher. Neal Davis came on for Thompson in the sixth to earn the victory.

Virginia and the Terps will continue their series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 4:00pm.

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