Balance at the plate and on the mound keyed a 7-5 Virginia victory over Cal St. Fullerton Monday afternoon, keeping the Cavaliers’ season alive. The Titans, who were the No. 2 national seed, ended their season with a 47-16 record.
Second baseman Keith Werman, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, was the only Cavalier to have multiple hits, going 2-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Seven other players had one hit apiece, while five players scored one run. Five UVa pitchers combined to hold Fullerton to five runs, scattering 13 hits, walking four and striking out five. Starter Robert Morey lasted four innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, while four relievers held the Titans to just two runs over the last six frames.
Andrew Carraway pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, giving up four hits, before Matt Packer recorded the final out in the seventh inning. Tyler Wilson pitched a scoreless eighth, before Kevin Arico worked out of a jam in the ninth to preserve the win.
The Titans struck first, getting a leadoff single from Jared Clark in the second inning before Dustin Garneau belted a home run for a 2-0 lead. However, the Cavaliers bounced back with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead for good. Steven Proscia hit a one-out double off of Fullerton starter Daniel Renken, and after a walk to Jarrett Parker, John Hicks drove in Proscia for the first Virginia run. One out later, Werman delivered an RBI single that tied the game. Tyler Cannon then walked and Danny Hultzen hit a two-run single to give the Cavs a 4-2 advantage.
Fullerton got back to within a run when Christian Colon led off the third with a home run. The Titans threatened to get more as Gary Brown and Josh Fellhauer followed with singles to put men on the corners with no outs. But Morey got Clark to foul out and Khris Davis to pop up, before Fellhauer was caught trying to steal second to end the inning.
It stayed 4-3 until the bottom of the fifth, when Cannon drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Hultzen, and then scored on a double by Phil Gosselin. Virginia stretched its lead to 7-3 in the sixth, when Franco Valdes hit a two-out double and scored when Werman greeted Fullerton reliever Nick Ramirez with another double. Werman then scored when Cannon delivered a base hit to cap the two-out rally.
Down to their last three outs, the Titans would not go down quietly, battling for two runs in the top of the ninth before leaving the tying runs on base. Joey Siddons hit a one-out single and moved to third on an error that allowed Colon to reach safely. Brown followed with an RBI single to make it 7-4. One out later, Clark reached on an infield single that scored Colon and brought the go-ahead run to the plate, but Arico got Davis to ground out to end the game.
Carraway picked up his ninth win in 10 decisions, while Renken took the loss and fell to 11-3.
Virginia will play Wednesday at 6 p.m. against Arkansas.