June 3, 2011
Great Day for Two in
By Barry Davis
Head Baseball Coach – Rider University
Special to CollegeBaseballInsider.com
Barry Davis has led the Rider Broncs for the
past seven seasons, guiding them to the NCAA tourney in 2008 and
2010. A Charlottesville, Va., native, Davis will provide
insights on the Charlottesville Regional.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –
It was a great day to play two in
Charlottesville. Virginia and St. John’s followed the familiar
formula of great pitching, solid defense and timely hitting to
secure a game in the winners’ bracket final at 6 p.m. on
Will Roberts and Danny Hultzen led the way.
Roberts retired the last 17, struck out 14 Midshipmen by
attacking them with a plus fastball and breaking ball. He walked
none and only one runner reached second base all day.
Hultzen, who is known for his pitching skills, collected three
hits, while driving in three…all with two outs.
Some keys for the Cavaliers – they collected four walks, and
three eventually scored. Navy had no walks on offense; Virginia
was 5 for 12 with two outs, scoring five runs. Navy was 2 for
Navy starter Ben Nelson threw well over 125 pitches in 6.1
innings. He battled all day, but only had one clean inning
(second). Roberts had six, three-up, three-down innings.
Virginia is a difficult team to beat when you give free
opportunities. They'll work the free pass, bunt and take the
extra base. Each hitter is a tough out, so getting 27 without
damage is asking a lot their opponent.
St. John’s executed three sac bunts, a Kevin Grove sac fly and a
timely single by Jimmy Brennan (three hits and nice defensive
play to save a run) to beat second-seeded East Carolina.
Both teams had numerous opportunities – 12 men left on base by
Red Storm starter Sean Hagan, scattered nine hits over 7.1
innings as well fielding his position (three assists). Closer
Matt Carasiti pitched out of jams in the eighth and ninth to
record his eighth save. He was very aggressive in his approach
as he went right after the Pirates hitters. Two wild pitches put
runners in scoring position, but he was able to find his way out
of each situation and save a very important game.
Virginia's Danny Hultzen vs. St. John's Kyle Hansen.
It will certainly come down to who can get the leadoff batter on
and together, advance him into position to score. Hits may be
scarce, so a walk, a bunt and a flare may be the difference. The
little things will be big. Bring your "A" game.