Final: Virginia 13, Ole Miss 7
Virginia is one win away from advancing to the super regionals after a convincing 13-7 win over Ole Miss. The offense had 17 hits -- including one by every player in the lineup -- and accumulated the 13 runs without a single home run.
The issue, though, is the pitching. Staff ace Danny Hultzen allowed six runs and seven hits and six innings. He had three strikeouts and thee walks. (Much more on Hultzen in a blog post tomorrow.) But this is a concern for the Cavaliers, because it was the second consecutive night that the starting pitching struggled.
"I don't think you can sustain what we're doing offensively," Coach Brian O'Connor said. "We'll try. We'll make every effort to do that. But that's pretty unrealistic to do what we've been doing in the last three ballgames. And our starting pitching, that's to credit the clubs that we've been playing. ...We're going to need a good starting pitching tomorrow from Robert Morey. I don't know how long it lasts that you get this offensive output."
The offense was led by John Barr, who was 4 for 4 with four RBI out of the No. 9 spot. Combined with catcher Franco Valdes, the No. 8 and No. 9 spots were 6 of 8 with six RBI.
The other key was that the group was opportunistic. Virginia responded with a four-run inning after Ole Miss tied the game in the third. They engineered two-out rallies, and were as consistent as a team could be throughout the lineup.
"I think all year, when a team scores a couple runs like that, our job as an offense is to respond as soon as possible," Barr said. "Grind out at bats, and get guys on base and do whatever it takes to drive guys in. I think it's really important, and it's something that makes our team special. We respond in situations, and that was evident again tonight."
Much more to come on Barr, Hultzen and the team in the blog tomorrow. Expect posts leading up to the game on those two players, as well as Virginia's balanced lineup.
June 5, 2010; 10:50 PM ET
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