ACC: Cavs Break Out
By Glenn Tanner - May 23, 2007
Clayton Shunick's magic has run out. The NC State surprise starter had fanned six through five shutout innings, but Virginia sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth and chased him. After six, Virginia leads 6-1.
Brandon Marsh and Sean Doolittle singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth for the Cavs. Brandon Guyer then laid down a beautiful bunt towards third and both Shunick and 3B Ramon Corona broke for the ball. Shunick fielded it and tossed a hurried backhand throw to third, but unfortunately for him, no one was there to catch it, the ball rolled towards the bullpen, Marsh scored, and Virginia had runners on second and third. David Abrams followed with a sharp two-run single. After a botched sac bunt, Shunick yielded another single and a walk to load the bases and headed for the showers.
Lefty Andrew Taylor relieved, but walked in a run and his day was over, too. Jeff Stallings relieved, and Tyler Cannon laced his first pitch for a two-run single, but Stallings recovered to get a strikeout and a popup to strand two runners.
Virginia's Jacob Thompson has allowed only four hits and an unearned run through six innings.
On a personal note, I'm on my third Mountain Dew of the day and I'm finally starting to feel alive.
Posted by Glenn Tanner at 11:48 AM on May 23, 2007