June 2, 2013
Virginia's Offense Erupts to
Win Charlottesville Regional
By Phil Stanton
CBI Co-Founder @roadtoomaha
– Derek Fisher picked a great time for his first NCAA tourney
Fisher had a two-run single in a six-run third as
top-seeded Virginia hammered No. 3 Elon 11-3 to win the
Charlottesville Regional in front of 3,792 fans at Davenport
The Cavaliers (50-10) will host the winner of the
Starkville Regional, either Mississippi State or Central
Arkansas, in the Charlottesville Super Regional next weekend.
The Phoenix finish the year at 34-30.
Virginia beat Army 2-1 on Friday and Elon 2-0 on
Saturday before Sunday’s regional finale.
“A lot had been made of the first two ballgames
and how they had been won on pitching and defense,” said
Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor, “but tonight we continued to
play defense, but we had a tremendous offensive day collectively
as a group.”
The Cavaliers trailed 3-0 before exploding for
six runs in the bottom of the third, more than they had scored
in the previous 20 innings combined in the regional. Fisher, a
sophomore who was 0 for 23 in the NCAA Tournament over the past
two years, lined a two-run single to knot the score at 3.
“It was obviously something I’d been in for a
week and a half,” Fisher said, “coming up to bat with runners in
scoring position. To actually come through and be clutch for the
club in that point in time was nice. I pretty much stuck with
the same thing I’d been doing all weekend and tried to produce a
hit, and fortunately it went through.”
Nick Howard also drove in a pair in the third
with a base hit as UVa built a 6-3 advantage.
In the fourth, Brandon Downes had an RBI double
and scored on a base hit by Fisher as Virginia extended its lead
to 8-3. The Cavaliers added single runs in the fifth, seventh
and eighth for the final margin.
Freshman David Rosenberger (3-0) was outstanding
out of the pen for the Cavaliers, taking the mound in the top of
the fourth. He worked five scoreless innings with two hits, no
walks and four strikeouts. Rosenberger faced the minimum 15 over
those five frames, as two double plays erased the two runners
who reached on hits.
“For a freshman to pitch in that situation was
just tremendous,” O’Connor said. “I know he was waiting for the
right opportunity and tonight was that opportunity. He certainly
made the most of it.”
Elon struck in the top of the first. Quinn Bower
ripped a leadoff double into the left field corner. Alex Swim
sacrificed him to third. Ryan Kinsella launched a home run to
left, his 21st, as the Phoenix to a 2-0 lead. Casey Jones added
an RBI double with two away in the top of the third as Elon
built a 3-0 cushion.
“I’m proud of my club and the effort we have put
forth the past two or three weeks,” said Elon head coach Mike
Kennedy. “They showed a lot of character and a lot of grit, a
lot of what we believe is important in a player. When you play
hard and won’t quit, good things can happen for you. I’m
thankful to be on this ride with them.”