The Virginia Cavaliers were one strike away from advancing to Friday’s contest versus the LSU Tigers. But, in the bottom of the 9th, Brett Eibner hit a Kevin Arico pitch deep into the left field bleachers to send the ball game to extra innings. The Cavaliers eventually fell to the Razorbacks after Andrew Darr doubled home the game winning run.
The Cavaliers were led by ACC Freshman of the Year Danny Hultzen. Hultzen was brilliant in 6.1 innings of work. He struck out 7, while allowing only 5 hits and 0 earned runs. He also had an RBI double in the fifth.
Offensively, John Hicks and Dan Grovatt paced the Cavaliers. Each hit a pair of solo homeruns. Hicks and Stephen Proscia were both 3 for 6 on the night.
The Cavaliers had several opportunities late in the game but failed to capitalize. The Razorbacks were resilient all night. Relief pitcher Dallas Keuchel earned the win after pitching 4 innings of shutout baseball.
The loss to Arkansas marks the end of the 2009 season for the Cavaliers, who had one of the toughest roads to Omaha for the College World Series. The Cavaliers traveled 5,754 miles in post-season play, the farthest of any team competing at the College World Series.
The 2009 road to Omaha saw the Cavaliers defeat college phenom Stephen Strasburg in the opening game of the Irvine Regional, take 2 games from regional host U.C. Irvine to win the regional, and then defeat Southern Miss in the Oxford Super Regional.
Cavalier coach, Brian O’ Connor, was also named NCBWA coach of the year.
Overall, the Cavaliers were 49-15 on the season and 1-2 at the 2009 College World Series. The 49 wins were a school record.
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