June 1, 2013
Virginia Scores Less, Goes 2-0
By Phil Stanton
CBI Co-Founder @roadtoomaha
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The team that has
scored the fewest runs is the only undefeated team in the
For the second straight day, top-seeded Virginia
made two runs stand up in a 2-0 win over No. 3 Elon in Game 4 of
the Charlottesville Regional in front of 4,434 fans at Davenport
The Cavaliers (49-10) advance to Sunday’s
championship game at 6 p.m. The Phoenix (33-29) will face No. 2
UNC Wilmington on Sunday at 1 p.m. in an elimination contest.
The winner of that contest will have to defeat UVa on both
Sunday and Monday to win the regional title.
Virginia has scored a total of four runs in two
regional outings, while Army has six, Elon 10 and UNCW 16. It is
the lowest run total in consecutive games for the Cavs this
season. UVa averaged nearly 10 runs in the previous nine
contests prior to regional play.
“There have been many times this year that we’ve
scored eight, nine, 10 runs, 30 runs on a weekend,” said
Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor. “These two ballgames, we
found a way to win with great pitching and really good defense.”
Scott Silverstein (10-1) was outstanding in his
start, going six innings with six hits, two walks and six
strikeouts. Josh Sborz tossed a perfect seventh before Kyle
Crockett came on for a two-inning save for the second straight
day. He allowed a one-out single in the eighth, but rolled a
6-4-3 double play to end the frame. After a strikeout, he
allowed a pinch-hit single to Chris Schaedel. He fanned the next
two for his 12th save.
Virginia snapped the scoreless tie with a pair in
the top of the fourth. Nick Howard had a one-out single and came
home on a double by Kenny Towns. Nate Irving had a base hit up
the middle to bring in Towns and up the lead to 2-0.
Both teams had multiple opportunities to score,
as both squads stranded 10.
“I’m really proud of our effort,” said Elon head
coach Mike Kennedy. “I thought we played hard, I thought we
competed well and we had some opportunities. That’s what you
want to have in a venue like this, and I think our guys
understand that we’ll get better from it.”
Spencer Medick (7-7) went the distance for Elon,
allowing nine hits, three walks and two runs while striking out
“I threw the sinker a lot today and tried to get
some ground balls to keep the ball in the park,” Medick said. “I
was leaving the ball up in the zone a bit too much back in May
and April, and I was able to keep the ball down and do a lot of
ground balls today.”
Howard, Mike Papi and Brandon Downes each had two
hits for the Cavaliers.
Alex Swim went 3 for 4 for the Phoenix.