Virginia Rallies to Even Series with Duke

May 9, 2009

The Virginia baseball team scored seven runs in the final two innings to beat Duke 10-9 on Saturday, evening up the series between the two teams.

Duke did not waste much time getting on the board, putting up five runs in the top of the 2nd inning. The Cavaliers got one those runs back in the bottom half of that inning though when Steven Proscia hit a solo home run into the left field bleachers. It was his second home run in as many games. Virginia then added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to get within two.

The Duke offense would put three more runs on the board in the 5th to chase starting pitcher Andrew Carraway from the game. Carraway ended up going 4.1 innings, allowing eight earned runs and striking out six in what could be his final start at Davenport Field.

But the Cavalier offense would pick him up in the later innings. Down 9-3 in the bottom of the 8th, Virginia plated five runs to make it a 9-8 ballgame. After Matt Packer and Kevin Arico combined to pitch a scoreless top of the 9th, Danny Hultzen stepped to the plate in the bottom of the 9th and hit a solo home run on the first pitch he saw to tie the game at 9. The Cavaliers would then load the bases for John Barr, who delivered the game-winning RBI single.

Virginia will try to take the series with Duke on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 pm from Davenport Field.

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