Miami Hands Virginia First Loss

March 22, 2009

Miami used a four-run 7th inning to rally past Virginia, handing the Cavaliers their first loss of the season.

Virginia was cruising through the first six innings. The Cavaliers had built a 3-0 lead and pitcher Andrew Carraway had only given up two hits on the day. But the Canes would get to Carraway in the 7th. After loading the bases, Miami's Ted Blackman singled into right to bring two runners home. Then, two batters later, Ryan Jackson blooped a single into center field to score two more and give Miami its first lead of the day.

The game got particularly interesting in the 9th. Down one, the Cavaliers loaded the bases with two outs. Dan Grovatt struck out, but the ball got away from Miami catcher Jason Hagerty. UVa's Jarrett Parker took off from third base to try and score the game-tying run, but Hagerty's throw beat him to the plate and Parker was called out. Parker was visibly upset with the call, and Head Coach Brian O'Connor came out to argue, but the call would stand.

The loss ends Virginia's school record 19-game winning streak, which was the longest streak in the nation. The Cavaliers are now 19-1 on the season and will try to win the series with Miami on Sunday. First pitch is set for Noon from Davenport Field.

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