June 4, 2011
Virginia: 'A Scary Team'
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. –
Today in Charlottesville, East Carolina avoided
elimination by beating Navy 6-1 and Virginia sent St. John’s to
the losers’ bracket with a dominating 10-2 win.
four-team double elimination tournament, avoiding the losers’
bracket is the biggest key. You will play at least one less
game and most likely have your No. 3 going against a No. 4 or
No. 5 and often having a more rested bullpen.
are playing through the losers’ bracket, you must do whatever
you can to avoid elimination. One big key is using as little
pitching as possible, if possible. A coach will orchestrate the
best he can to save his arms for that DH on Day 3.
Carolina started Seth Maness, and he dodged two threats, one in
the fourth with runners at first and third and no outs, and the
other in the sixth with runners at first and second and no outs.
Both innings ended with double plays. Seth threw only 99 pitches
in the complete-game win. He saved the pen. East Carolina has
only used three pitchers in two games. Closer Seth Simmons threw
one inning on Friday night, so the Pirates are rested heading
into Game 3 vs. St John’s.
Offensively, East Carolina scored two runs by way of a walk,
bunt for hit and two-out single for one run. The second came
courtesy of an infield error. However, ECU earned the
opportunity by working a walk, stealing a base and advancing to
third on a ground ball.
starter Sam Long battled all day. He kept the Pirates off
balance with his offspeed pitches, leaving the game after
walking the leadoff hitter in the top of the seventh.
Carolina’s Chase McDonald hit the first pitch off reliever
Preston Gainey for a grand slam extending the lead to 6-0. Chase
is a very aggressive hitter. He’s hitting .500 (4 for 8) so far
and will be a key component vs. St. John’s Sunday.
walked 10 times... five of those freebies scored. That is taking
advantage of opportunities.
thought Navy competed and proved they should have been here. The
Patriot League was well represented.
Virginia was led by Danny Hultzen on the mound (7 innings, 12
Ks, 0 runs, 3 hits) and by a host of position players to defeat
St. John’s 10-2.
a total team effort...he are some examples:
players contributed at least one RBI (David Coleman 4, Steve
players scored at least one run (Proscia 3)
nine starters and one substitute reached base at least once.
Seven reached more than once.
continuing theme has been scoring with two outs. Seven of the 10
runs tonight and 12 of 16 in the tournament have come with two
Another key is keeping the lead man off base. Virginia has
scored in nine separate innings. Six times the leadoff man has
reached. Four of the six have been multiple-run innings.
Virginia is playing well – a scary team if the offense continues
to be as productive as it has been the last two days.