All dreams must come to an end at one point or another. Whether that be in the form of a championship or heartache and pain.
For the 2021 Virginia Cavaliers’ baseball team, the dream isn’t over yet as the plucky Hoos found a way to win yet again. In true Virginia fashion, it was dramatic, tense, and exhilarating with first year Kyle Teel hitting a monster grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead.
Nate Savino had the mound for UVA to begin the game and he gave the Hoos the start they needed lasting into the fourth and limiting the damage to just two runs on five hits and a walk. The only mistake Savino made during his time on the mound was a 3-2 count, one out home run surrendered to Dallas Baptist’s All-American, Jackson Glenn.
Matt Wyatt would relieve Savino and deal the rest of the game holding Dallas Baptist to just two hits and keeping them out the run column completely over the final 5.2 innings to earn the win.
UVA would finally get on the board in the fourth, trailing 2-0, after Nic Kent took a 3-2 count, one out pitch of his own over the left field fence to cut the Patriots’ lead to one run.
UVA would threaten a few more times in the coming innings, but stellar plays from the Dallas Baptist middle infield would erase any UVA threats.
But the more you play with fire, you’re bound to get burned eventually. After loading the bases with two outs in the seventh inning, Teel stepped to the plate and wrote his name in UVA lore with a grand slam that just cleared the CF fence to give UVA the lead that they would not relinquish.
With the win UVA clinches their fifth trip to the College World Series in program history and the first time since the Hoos won the National Championship in 2015. UVA will play Tennessee in the first round of the College World Series later this week.