Cavaliers rally to take lead on the Hogs

June, 17, 2009
OMAHA, Neb. -- Arkansas starter Drew Smyly may have been tiring a bit or the Virginia batters just figured him out by the middle of the game.

Either way, the scoreless tie was broken in the bottom of the fifth when UVa first baseman John Hicks hit a 1-0 offering from Smyly just over the fence in left field for a 1-0 lead. It was Hicks' eighth homer of the season.

On the live play, the ball came back into the field of play and Hicks ended up on second base with what appeared to be a double. But Virginia skipper Brian O'Connor sprinted out of the third base dugout to complain. It took a minute for the four umpires to confer but they changed the original call and got it right. The replay clearly showed that the ball went in and out of a fan's glove in the first row of the bleachers and back into the field of play.

UVa extended its lead to 2-0 four batters later when Danny Hultzen -- the starting pitcher who is batting second in the Cavs' lineup -- doubled to left with two outs and scored John Barr from third base.

That signaled the end of the night for Smyly (4.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 84 pitches), who was replaced by righty Mike Bolsinger.



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