Virginia traveled to Charlotte, N.C. final week to compete within the ACC Match at Truist Subject. The Cavaliers (29-23, 18-18 ACC) opened pool play in opposition to Virginia Tech, profitable 3-2 to advance to play Notre Dame Friday. Virginia toppled the Combating Irish (30-11, 25-10 ACC) 14-1, cruising offensively and with a dominant defensive presence in opposition to the top-seeded and seventh-ranked workforce. Up in opposition to Duke within the semifinals, the Blue Devils (31-20, 16-17 ACC) continued their scorching streak with a 4-2 win to remove Virginia from the match Saturday.
Recreation 1 — Virginia 3, Virginia Tech 2
The ACC Match opened up Could 25 with the Cavaliers and the Hokies (27-24, 16-20 ACC) competing in opposition to each other in Pool A. Virginia was the primary to attain within the sport, as graduate catcher Logan Michaels ran in off a sacrifice fly from freshman first baseman Jake Gelof within the second inning. Including to the lead was freshman proper fielder Kyle Teel, who knocked in a two-run homer within the backside of the third.
It was a quiet fourth and fifth inning for each groups, however Virginia Tech tried to mount a comeback within the sixth. The Hokies scored a two-run homer of their very own within the sixth, however in the end got here up wanting the tie. Neither workforce put a run on the board for the remainder of the sport, and the Cavaliers’ early lead proved to be sufficient to take the 3-2 win.
The shortage of offensive manufacturing for the Hokies may be partially attributed to junior right-hander Zach Messinger of Virginia, who made his first postseason look on this sport. Messinger pitched 5.1 innings and struck out six batters throughout his time on the mound, bringing him to 3-1 this season. Moreover, 4 different pitchers have been introduced in after him for aid. Junior left-hander Brandon Neeck, senior right-hander Blake Bales, senior left-hander Andrew Abbott and senior right-hander Kyle Whitten mixed to face 12 Virginia Tech gamers at-bat and none of them surrendered a run.
Recreation 2 — Virginia 14, Notre Dame 1
Days later within the second spherical of Pool A play, the Cavaliers confronted top-seeded Notre Dame. Virtually instantly, Virginia confirmed what it was manufactured from because it scored 5 runs within the second inning. First, junior Nic Kent hit a house run and put the Cavaliers up 2-0. Senior first baseman Alex Tappen adopted in Kent’s footsteps with a two-run homer of his personal. Lastly, Jake Gelof hit the primary house run of his collegiate profession — skewing the rating 5-0 in Virginia’s favor.
These three house runs could be a feat for any workforce, however notably for anyone batting in opposition to Notre Dame graduate left-hander John Michael Bertrand. Bertrand hadn’t allowed a number of house runs in a sport since 2019 when he was a pitcher at Furman, not to mention three in a single inning. He was pulled off the mound following this inning — ending with out a single out.
“It appeared like his stuff was alright right now, however we simply sort of punished the errors,” junior infielder Zack Gelof stated. “He was leaving the off-speed pitches up within the zone, the place his success is sort of the fastballs and the off pace out of the zone.”
Gelof did some injury of his personal within the sport. He batted in a three-run homer within the fifth inning after senior infielder Devin Ortiz tacked on an RBI single to the already-mounting Cavalier lead. Virginia continued to pound in insurance coverage runs all through the sport — ending on the prime of the ninth up 14-0.
The Combating Irish added a single run within the backside of the ninth, however each earlier try they made all through the sport was shortly extinguished by one of many Cavalier pitchers on the bump. Abbott pitched 6.1 innings and have become the second Virginia pitcher to hit the 300 strikeout mark in orange and blue. Graduate right-hander Stephen Schoch and sophomore right-hander Matt Wyatt dealt with the rest of the sport and held Notre Dame to only that one run.
Virginia’s 14 runs on this sport have been tied for probably the most in an ACC Match sport within the faculty’s historical past. All-in-all, they have been greater than sufficient to advance the Cavaliers to the semifinals in opposition to Duke — the workforce’s first semifinal look since 2011.
Recreation 3 — Virginia 2, Duke 4
Virginia concluded its match run Saturday with a 4-2 loss in opposition to Duke within the ACC semifinals. The Blue Devils constructed a three-run lead within the first three innings, mounting a deficit that the Cavaliers struggled to beat offensively by way of the remainder of the matchup.
Junior right-hander Mike Vasil began on the hill for Virginia, throwing 4.1 innings and giving up seven hits with 5 strikeouts. Two of his Ks landed within the first inning, however Duke was in a position to get on the board early as senior middle fielder Joey Loperfido led the inning with a solo house run.
The Blue Devils continued the scoring with a pair of runs within the third inning. As soon as once more two solo house runs added to Duke’s benefit, with one other coming off the bat of Loperfido and one by junior shortstop Ethan Murray for his second of the season. The Cavaliers responded within the backside of the inning, entering into the scoring column as Tappen notched his second house run of the match.
Virginia bought inside one within the fourth inning after a single by Michaels introduced in Teel, however the Blue Devils have been fast to reply, capitalizing on a Cavalier fielding error to make it a two-run sport. Each offenses have been quiet within the last 4 innings. Sophomore relievers Jimmy Loper and Marcus Johnson mixed for an ideal last two innings to protect the 4-2 win and provides Duke a shot on the ACC title.
“, I believed that we performed very well this week, simply bumped into an incredible beginning pitcher and a extremely, actually scorching workforce,” Coach Brian O’Connor stated. “, what Duke has performed down this stretch is — as spectacular as what we have performed, it is much more spectacular what they’ve performed. Kudos to them. They’ve performed a pleasant job, they usually’re taking part in some nice baseball with a veteran workforce.”
Virginia is about to play South Carolina Friday within the first spherical of the NCAA Match. The sport is scheduled for 12 p.m. and will probably be broadcast on ESPN2.