Virginia Edges Ole Miss, Forces Game Three

June 6, 2009

The Virginia baseball team rallied to score two runs in the eighth inning and beat Ole Miss 4-3 Saturday in game two of the Oxford Super Regional.

The game did not get off to a good start for Virginia though. Ole Miss's Jordan Henry doubled off Robert Morey to start the game and then Logan Power blasted a two-run home run to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead. From there, Morey would settle down, not allowing another hit over five innings of work.

The Cavaliers would get a run back in the 3rd when Tyler Cannon singled to score John Barr. They would then tie the game in the next inning on an RBI double by Barr.

However Ole Miss would retake the lead in the top of the 6th. Kyle Henson singled to left scoring Matt Snyder to make it 3-2 Ole Miss. It would stay that way until the 8th inning, when another late-inning error would change the game for the second straight night.

With one out in the 8th, Danny Hultzen hit a soft grounder to second baseman Evan Button, who made an error on the throw to first, allowing Hultzen to reach base safely. After Hultzen stole second, Steven Proscia walked to set up runners on first and second for Franco Valdes. Valdes then came through in the clutch with a single into right, scoring Hultzen and tying the game at three. Barr then came up and hit a grounder to short. The Rebels got Valdes on the force at second, but Barr beat out the throw to first, allowing Proscia to score and give UVa its first lead of the game 4-3.

The game did not end without some drama though. The Rebels had runners on first and third with two outs in the 9th, but Matt Packer got Henry to ground out to second to end the game and secure the win for Virginia.

The Cavaliers have now won 47 games this year, tying the school record for wins in a single season. With the win, Virginia forces a deciding game three on Sunday for the right to move on to the College World Series. Sunday's game is set to start at 3 pm.


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