Virginia Opens Season by Blanking Bucknell

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

February 20, 2009

The Cavalier baseball team got its 2009 season started in a big way Friday afternoon, shutting out Bucknell, 12-0. Virginia improves to 17-1 all time against the Bison and jumps out to an opening day in the first of a four game set.

Virginia held the Bison at bay with stellar pitching. Andrew Carraway started for the Cavaliers, lasting 5.1 innings. The senior did not give up any earned runs, while giving up just two hits, striking out four and only walking two. Sean Lucas and Shane Halley pitched the final 3.2 innings. The three pitchers combined to shut out the Bison, and gave up only four hits on the afternoon.

The Wahoos flexed their muscles at the plate as well. Dan Grovatt got the Cavaliers off on the right foot in the bottom of the first, blasting a two-run home run off the scoreboard in right center field. After scoring another run in the second, Virginia used a five run third inning to really pull away and slam the door on the Bison in the opening game of the four game series.

Grovatt finished 3-for-5 with the home run, a triple, three runs scored and two RBI. Freshman Steve Proscia had a solid college debut, also going 3-for-5 with a home run. He scored twice and drove in two runs as well.

The two teams get back to business on Saturday, as they take the field for a doubleheader. Action begins at 1:00pm at Davenport Field.

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