February 21, 2009
The Cavalier baseball team improved to 3-0 on the young season by sweeping a doubleheader with Bucknell on Saturday afternoon. Virginia won game one by a 7-0 count, and came back to win game two, 6-1.
Game one saw freshman Danny Hultzen have a superb collegiate debut on the mound. The frosh tossed six innings of shutout baseball, while allowing only six hits and striking out five. Will Roberts and Kevin Arico combined to shut the Bison down for the final three innings and keep them off the scoreboard.
At the plate it was catcher Franco Valdes who stole the show. Valdes finished the day with three hits, including a home run and two singles. Freshman Steven Proscia went 3-4 at the plate with a double. The Cavaliers opened up the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and never looked back.
Game two saw a combination of more terrific pitching and hitting. Bucknell broke through for its first run of the series in the top of the first and held the 1-0 lead through the first four innings. Virginia, however, struck big in the bottom half of the fourth. With two men on, Proscia struck again with a booming three run home run to left center field. It marked his second round tripper in as many days. Jared King followed that up with an RBI single, and Jarrett Parker knocked in two more runs later in the inning. The Cavaliers would score all six runs in that fourth inning, and round out the day's scoring.
Neal Davis got the win on the mound. Davis threw six strong innings, allowing the lone run, which was unearned. He gave up only two hits and struck out two batters.
The two teams will finish the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:00. Click on the above video link to view highlights of Saturday's action.