Virginia Baseball Loses Heart-breaker to Open Regionals

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

May 30, 2008

Jacob Thompson pitched six solid innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out two, but the Cavalier baseball team fell to UCLA, 3-2, to open NCAA Regionals play on Friday night. Virginia now moves to the losers bracket, where it must win at least three straight games to stay alive.

The Bruins scored a run in the first and a run in the fourth to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Virginia got on the board in the sixth, as David Adams hit a deep sacrifice fly to center to score Greg Miclat from third. Later in the inning, however, a Cavalier rally was killed, as Tyler Cannon was tagged out via the hidden ball trick at third.

Virginia tied it up at two in the eighth, as Jeremy Farrell hit a deep sacrifice to right. Brady Dolan made a phenomenal diving catch in right to retire Farrell, though Cannon scored from third.

The bottom of the ninth saw UCLA put its first two runners on. With one out, a grounder was hit to Cannon, who overthrew Farrell at first, allowing the winning run to score. Farrell battled the sun in his view to try to make the catch and get the out at first, but to no avail, giving the Bruins the 3-2 win.

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