UVA baseball beats DBU 5-2; Clinches berth in College World Series
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Kyle Teel hit a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the 7th inning, and the Virginia baseball team beat Dallas Baptist 5-2 in Game Three of their Super Regional on Monday in Columbia.
The victory clinches a spot in the College World Series for the Cavaliers, who are headed to Omaha for the fifth time in program history, and the first time since winning the title in 2015.
UVA fell behind 2-0 on Monday, before former STAB star Nic Kent got the ‘Hoos on the board with a solo home run in the 4th.
Jake Gelof started off the 7th inning with a single. Zack Gelof walked with two outs, followed by a single by Max Cotier, which set up the heroics from Teel.
“I love the quote, ‘No pressure, no diamonds,’” says Teel. “That’s my favorite quote.”
The freshman added, “I just think it’s important to embrace the moment. I just try to do the best I can. That’s all you can really do. That’s it. You do the best you can, and that’s it.”
Head coach Brian O’Connor says, “Certainly, Kyle Teel stepped up. It’s these moments, that players have to emerge, and he did. It was his day.”
The home run is the 9th of the season for the true freshman, which ties him for the team lead with Zack Gelof.
Matt Wyatt was outstanding out of the bullpen for Virginia, as the tossed 5.2 scoreless innings in relief of Nate Savino. The sophomore did not allow a hit, and had eight strikeouts.
Wyatt says he was happy to be at the bottom of the dogpile at the end of the game, despite recovering from a recent accident in the weight room.
“It was definitely very hectic,” says Wyatt. “Early in the week, I had to get stitches in my head, so I was more focused on keeping my head protected. Just to be able to be the guy at the bottom of that dogpile, and get that last out, was one of the best moments of my life.”
Virginia will play Tennessee on Sunday at 2pm in its first game of the CWS in Omaha.
Texas and Mississippi State will play at 7pm.
The other half of the bracket will begin on Saturday, with Stanford and NC State at 2pm, and Arizona and Vanderbilt at 7pm.
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