Virginia Uses Big 7th Inning to Down Duke

May 24, 2009

The Virginia baseball team scored seven runs in the 7th inning and beat Duke 11-7 in the ACC tournament, securing its spot in Sunday's ACC championship game.

The game was scoreless in the 3rd inning until Duke finally broke through on a series of Virginia miscues. Jeremy Gould struck out for what would have been the third out, but the ball got away from catcher John Hicks. Gould ended up safe at 1st and Ryan McCurdy scored to give Duke a 1-0 lead. Duke got its second run when Jake Lemmerman hit a grounder to Tyler Cannon at shortstop. His throw to second for the force was off the mark, allowing Matt Williams to score. The Blue Devils then capped off the inning when Lemmerman was able to avoid getting tagged out in a rundown, while Gould stole home to make it 3-0 Duke.

The Cavaliers got one run back in the 4th when Danny Hultzen singled in Dan Grovatt. But the Blue Devils would respond in their half of the inning. McCurdy singled to left to score Will Piwnica-Worms and up Duke's lead back to three.

Virginia got on the board once again in the 6th when Dan Grovatt hit a solo home run. One inning later, the Cavaliers would break the game wide open. Virginia scored seven runs in the 7th inning to take a commanding 9-4 lead, and that would be the difference in the game. Grovatt led the way for the Cavaliers with four hits and three RBIs. Franco Valdes and Keith Werman also had two RBIs apiece for Virginia.

The Cavaliers are the only team to finish round robin play in the ACC tournament with a perfect 3-0 record. Virginia will face Division A winner Florida State in the ACC championship game on Sunday. It is Virginia's second consecutive appearance in the title game. Earlier this season the Cavaliers defeated the Seminoles 15-2 in Charlottesville. The teams were scheduled to play a three game series, but the other two games were canceled due to the weather.

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