Virginia pitcher Will Roberts threw a perfect game on Tuesday, needing just 98 pitches in his first career complete game, as No. 1 Virginia beat GW. Cool, right? Some notes on the performance.
* It was the second perfect game in ACC history, and the first since 1959.
* It was the 19th perfect game of any length in Division I since 1957, the eighth nine-inning perfect game since 1957, and the first since 2002.
* Roberts struck out 10, got 14 ground-outs, and allowed just one ball out of the infield — a fifth-inning flyout to right field.
Pretty good game, all in all.
Now, when you’re in the sports information business, you generally highlight the exploits of your own team, not your opponents. With very, very, very rare exceptions. I’d say the eighth Division I perfect game in the last half-century might be one of those rare exceptions.
But nope, I’d be wrong. Because here is the George Washington write-up of the game:
The George Washington baseball team held No. 1 Virginia to just two runs on Tuesday evening at Davenport Field but were unable to compliment the strong pitching performance at the plate, falling 2-0.
GW (7-18) pitchers Tommy Gately, Kenny O’Brien and Craig Lejeune combined to hold Virginia (25-2) to just two runs on six hits. The top-ranked Cavaliers entered the game batting .297 as a team and averaging over seven runs per contest.
Hmmm. Ok. Tell me more.
Gately got the start for GW and pitched three innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs with one strikeout. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third by inducing two pop outs.
Both Virginia runs were scored in the bottom of the fourth inning after Gately exited the game. Ryan Levine led off the frame with a single and Kenny Swab followed with a walk to put two on with no outs.
Gotcha. How about the Cavaliers? Did they do anything interesting?
Virginia would score their first run after Reed Gragnini reached on a fielders choice. Another run would score via a balk but O’Brien escaped the inning without any further damage and allowed just two hits over the next three innings.
Oh. Ok. And, uh, nothing else noteworthy? Wait, what’s this is the seventh paragraph?
The two runs were all the Cavaliers would need as starting pitcher Will Roberts was perfect on the mound, striking out 10 batters en route to the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I (since 1957) history and the first since 2002.
Oh. Right. That.