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Carraway Pitches Virginia to
First Regional Title
By Abbey Mastracco
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
IRVINE, Calif. - As the Cavaliers dogpiled
in the infield of Anteater Ballpark late Sunday night, the
‘Eater Nation looked on in shock. Virginia had just upended No.
1-ranked UC Irvine 4-1 for the second night in a row, advancing
to the first ever Super Regional in school history.
The ACC champs went 3-0 in the Irvine Regional, but not without
some theatrics, which included playing the top team in the
country twice and facing the top pitcher in the country.
Keeping with the theme, the dramatics were in full force late in
the game. In the top of the eighth, facing Eric Pettis, arguably
the best closer in the nation, with one out and one on, Tyler
Cannon and Phil Gosselin ripped two straight triples off the
All-America candidate to drive in two more runs and take a
three-run lead over the Anteaters.
The two triples doubled Pettis’ total on the season.
Stellar defensive plays in the top of the ninth and a strikeout
by Francis Larson secured the win for the Cavaliers (46-12-1).
“This is a huge step for our program,” head coach Brian O’Connor
said. “We came out here in what people were saying was the
toughest regional in the field and we played spectacular
baseball all weekend. I felt like this weekend we played the
best baseball we could play.”
“Hats off to Virginia who is a really, really, really good team
who played very, very well and we were very impressed with
them,” UC Irvine (44-15) head coach Mike Gillespie said.
Andrew Carraway (7-1) was the star of the night for UVa. The
veteran senior went hitless through more than three innings, and
limited the Anteaters, who had just come off a 19-hit, 14-run
game against San Diego State, to just one run on only four hits
over seven innings of work.
“Andrew Carraway stepped up and gave us a tremendous outing,”
O’Connor said. “There’s nobody else that I wanted to give the
ball to other than him that would have a chance to win the title
For the fourth year right-hander, this victory carried more
meaning than others.
“I was talking to these first and second-year players, who are
just awesome players, but they don’t really understand it the
same way,” Carraway said. “To do this in my fourth year and have
an opportunity to be on the mound is just all you can ask for as
Carraway pitched himself out of trouble in the sixth even after
a bold move had UC Irvine on track to answer the run UVa had put
up in the top of the inning. With one out and Ben Orloff on
second and Casey Stevenson on first, Gillespie gave them the
green light for the double steal. But Carraway struck out Ronnie
Shaeffer and got Jeff Cusick to ground out to end the inning.
“I just had a feeling about Andrew all night that he was just
not going to be denied,” O’Connor said.
While Carraway’s senior season has been temporarily extended,
some of the top seniors in the country saw theirs come to an
“I can’t say enough about what my time here has meant to me over
the last four years,” Orloff, the senior shortstop, said. “It’s
disappointing to see it end like that, we fought a battle all
day. We laid it all on the line.”
Five Cavaliers were named to the All-Regional team, with catcher
Franco Valdes receiving Most-Outstanding-Player accolades. The
others named were Steven Proscia (third base), Jarrett Parker
(outfield), Phil Gosselin (designated hitter) and Danny Hultzen
UC Irvine’s Orloff (shortstop), Eric Deragisch and Jordan Fox
(outfield) and Danny Bibona (pitcher) were all named to the