June 4, 2007
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Oregon State Beavers rallied for a 5-3 victory over Virginia in game six of the Charlottesville Regional Monday night at Davenport Field. With the win, the reigning national champions staved off elimination and forced a decisive championship game Tuesday.
Darwin Barney went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and Chris Hopkins went 2-for-5 to lead the Beavers. Mike Mitchell had two RBIs to lead Virginia.
Joe Paterson pitched the final 3.2 innings without allowing a base-runner to pick up the win. He improves to 9-6 on season. Michael Schwimer took the loss for the Cavaliers, falling to 3-1.
The game remained scoreless until the Cavaliers (45-15) scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Beau Seabury and Jeremy Farrell hit back-to-back singles to open the inning. They both advanced on Patrick Wingfield's sacrifice bunt and scored on Mitchell's single to right. Mitchell came around to score on Tyler Cannon's double to right to make the score 3-0.
The Beavers (41-18) cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth. Joey Wong was hit by a pitch and Barney singled to open the inning. Mike Lissman hit a groundball to third where Wingfield stepped on the bag to retire Wong, but his errant throw to first allowed Barney to score.
Oregon State scored three runs in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead. Hopkins led off with a solo home run for the Beavers to cut the Virginia advantage to 3-2. Wong and Barney followed with singles and moved into scoring position on Lissman's sacrifice bunt. Jason Ogata's infield single scored Wong to tie the game and John Wallace's single to right scored Barney with the go-ahead run.
The Beavers added one additional run in the top of the ninth, as Jordan Lennerton hit a solo home run to open in the inning.
The Charlottesville Regional championship game will take place at noon on Tuesday at Davenport Field. The winner will advance to the Super Regional round of the tournament to play either top-seeded Vanderbilt or Michigan, who were playing Monday for the championship of the Nashville Regional.
Fans planning on attending Tuesday's game are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by ordering online at Virginiasports.com, beginning at 10 p.m. Monday. Fans can order over the phone at 800-542-UVA1 (8821) or (434) 924-UVA1 beginning at 9 a.m.
Single-game reserved tickets are $12, while general admission seats are $8. All seating in the grandstand is reserved. General admission seating is on the left field hillside and in the bleachers beyond the left field fence. Fans are also advised to arrive early to avoid congestion in the area parking lots, which open at 9:30 a.m. Gates will open at 10 a.m.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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