May 21, 2009
The Cavalier baseball team used a four run fifth inning to take the lead and held off Clemson to top the Tigers, 6-5, in its first ACC Tournament game on Thursday night. The win gives Virginia an early advantage in Group B play.
Clemson started out the game strong, and opened up a 4-0 lead after three innings. John Hicks' two run home run in the top of the fourth cut the lead to two, before the Tigers added one more in the bottom half of the frame. The top of the fifth is where Virginia would take the lead for good, as Jarrett Parker hit a solo home run to pull it to within 5-3. After the Cavaliers added another run, Steven Proscia belted a shot off the wall that scored Dan Grovatt from first, and Proscia scored on an error to give Virginia the 6-5 lead.
While Matt Packer struggled on the mound, Andrew Carraway came in out of the bullpen and was nothing short of magnificent. The senior, who is a typical weekend starter, pitched 4.1 innings of shutout baseball. Kevin Arico came on for his ninth save of the season.
The Cavaliers take the field Friday night against second seeded North Carolina. First pitch is set for 8:00pm. Both teams enter with 1-0 records in group play.