Virginia baseball group splits doubleheader with Louisville

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The Virginia baseball team broke even Friday evening at Disharoon Park.

The Cavaliers gained the second one recreation of a doubleheader towards No. 6 Louisville, 10-2, after losing the primary contest, 15-7. The groups will play the final contest of the three-recreation ACC series Saturday beginning at 11 a.M.

In triumphing the second sport, Virginia stayed afloat in its quest to qualify for the ACC Tournament, which features the top 12 teams within the convention. The Cavaliers completed Friday in 11th vicinity inside the 14-group league.

Right-hander Mike Vasil earned the win in the nightcap after allowing two earned runs in seven innings of labor. The freshman struck out 4 batters towards walks in what Coach Brian O’Connor called Vasil’s “start of the yr.”

 

“He’s been inconsistent, which usually most younger rookies are,” O’Connor said. “When his crew wanted him maximum, he truly, really stepped up. Just truely proud of the activity he did for our team at a hard factor within the season.”

Vasil stated he spent the beyond week running with pitching instruct Karl Kuhn on the “finer points,” of his method.

“Stopped annoying a lot, or I did, approximately what the hitters have been going to do when I released the ball,” Vasil said. “Just being capable of trust my stuff and being able to hit my spots.”

Left-hander Andrew Abbott pitched a scoreless very last innings to seal the win.

The Virginia offense began the second recreation with the aid of scoring three runs within the first inning and four in the second. First baseman Nate Eikhoff and unique hitter Jack Weiller led the crew with two RBI each.

The first game of the doubleheader did now not go as well for Virginia. The Cavaliers scored runs in the first inning but right-hander Noah Murdock could not hold the lead. He had surrendered 8 runs through the give up of his 3-inning day out.

Virginia struck back inside the backside of third, whilst 1/3 baseman Zack Gelof drilled a three-run homer into the left area seats. Gelof had just ignored a dinger earlier inside the at-bat, riding a ball inches to the left of the left-area foul pole, and as he crossed domestic plate he toasted helmets with unique hitter Brendan Rivoli and middle fielder Cameron Simmons.

Right fielder Alex Tappen stored the best vibes coming with a solo homer within the fourth, pulling Virginia to within runs. But the Cardinals outscored the Cavaliers 7-1 the relaxation of the manner and cruised to the blowout.

Virginia will intention Saturday to pick up its first ACC collection win in extra than a month.

“We’ve got to capture fireplace and play exact baseball,” O’Connor said. “Hopefully we are able to get a signature collection win.”

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