UVA baseball forces Game Three with 4-0 win over Dallas Baptist
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia baseball team kept its season alive with a 4-0 victory over Dallas Baptist in Game Two of their Super Regional on Sunday in Columbia.
The teams will play a winner-take-all Game Three on Monday at one o’clock.
All of the runs were scored in the 8th inning, as Zack Gelof led off the inning with a solo home run, and Alex Tappen added a three-run shot with two outs.
Senior Griff McGarry was dominating on the mound, pitching 7+ innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out ten.
Brandon Neeck came on in relief in the 8th for McGarry, and Kyle Whitten got the final three outs for the save.
McGarry started the year as the ‘Hoos No. 2 starter, but he was unable to hold on to his spot in the rotation.
The senior worked out of the bullpen in the second half of the season, and he has found his groove in the NCAA Tournament.
“One thing we talk about a lot in this program is knowing your role,” says McGarry. “Understanding your role. With that, it means being ready for whichever situation. I think everybody on this team is mentally there with that.”
Head coach Brian O’Connor adds, “It’s amazing, what he’s done. I can tell you, I haven’t seen it in my 18 years in this uniform, a kid do what he did this year. He put us on his back today. The kid’s had some good outings in his career, but none of them quite like that, when his team needed him the most.”
The Cavaliers have won five elimination games in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, after bouncing back from an 0-1 hole to win their Regional.
The winner of Monday’s game will advance to the College World Series.
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