Cavalier Comeback Falls Short in One Run Loss to Hokies

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

May 15, 2009

The Virginia basebal team scored five unanswered runs to pull to within one run of Virginia Tech, but could not complete the comeback, as the Hokies topped the Cavaliers, 9-8, in Blacksburg on Friday night. The loss marks Virginia's second straight to its rival in as many nights.

Virginia Tech scored three runs in the first and added two more in the second to jump out to a 5-0 lead. The Cavaliers pulled the deficit to within two with a three run fourth inning, which included back-to-back home runs by Steven Proscia and John Hicks. The Hokies, however, answered with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame.

The Cavaliers would add two in the sixth and one in the eighth to make it 9-6. The top of the ninth saw drama, as Virginia loaded the bases with no outs. John Barr followed by striking out and Jarrett Parker lined out before Tyler Cannon came up and smacked a two run single to pull Virginia to within one. Phil Gosselin stepped up and hit a deep fly ball to the warning track, but it was caught to end the game, as the Cavs fell just short.

Cannon went 5-for-5 at the plate with three doubles and three RBI. Parker, Hicks, and Danny Hultzen each added two hits of their own, as Virginia pounded out 14 hits in the loss.

Andrew Carraway took the loss on the mound. The senior lasted 2.1 innings, giving up four earned runs. He falls to 5-1 on the season.

The two teams conclude their regular seasons on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm, before the Cavaliers head to the ACC Tournament in Durham on Wednesday.

Click on the above video link to view highlights, and Matt Parsons' report from Blacksburg.

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