The Virginia baseball team advanced to the next weekend’s NCAA Super Regionals with an 11-3 win over Elon on Sunday in the 2013 NCAA Charlottesville Regional championship game.
Virginia improves to 50-10 and will the host the NCAA Super Regionals in a best-of-3 series beginning Friday or Saturday. The Cavaliers’ opponent and dates and times of the NCAA Super Regional will be announced Monday at approximately 11 p.m.
Trailing 3-0, the Cavaliers broke the game open with a six-run third inning. Nate Irving ignited the rally with a leadoff double and scored on Jared King’s double down the left field line. Joe McCarthy and Brandon Downes drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Derek Fisher delivered a two-run single to right ending the day for Elon starter Nate Young. Reed Gragnani’s groundout moved Downes and Fisher into scoring position. Nick Howard delivered a two-run single and Kenny Towns drilled an RBI double to left.
Howard led Virginia’s 14-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI and Fisher drove in three runs with a pair of hits. Towns had three RBI while King and Downes added two hits apiece.
David Rosenberger earned his third win in relief of starter Whit Mayberry, who was pulled after allowing three runs on five hits in three innings. Rosenberger took the mound in the fourth and allowed two hits with a career-best four strikeouts in five scoreless innings. Austin Young and Josh Sborz pitched the ninth for Virginia.
Virginia pitcher Kyle Crockett was named Most Outstanding Player of the Charlottesville Regional. Crockett saved two of Virginia’s three wins in the regional. UVa’s Irving, Howard, Towns, McCarthy and pitcher Scott Silverstein joined Crockett on the all-regional team. UNC Wilmington outfielder and Albemarle graduate Tyler Molinaro also made the all-regional team.