May 22, 2009
The Cavalier baseball team used one big inning and great pitching to top North Carolina in ACC Tournament action Friday night, 11-1. Virginia used a ten run third inning to put the game out of reach early, as the game was called in the eighth inning due to a tournament mercy rule.
North Carolina starting pitcher Alex White cruised through the first two innings, tossing a total of 17 pitches, but ran into trouble in the third. That's when the Cavaliers exploded for ten runs in an inning where every player in the Virginia line-up scored a run.
Danny Hultzen shut down the Tar Heels on the mound. The ACC Freshman of the Year tossed 6.1 innings, giving up five hits and just one earned run while striking out six. He improves to 8-1 on the season and lowers his ERA to 2.15. Robert Poutier came on the pitch the final 1.2 innings (the game was called in the top of the eighth), and did not allow a run.
Virginia improves to 2-0 in the ACC Tournament and now controls its own destiny. The Cavaliers will meet Duke Saturday at 8:00pm, with the winner advancing to the ACC Championship game.