The Virginia baseball team got a two-out, two-run home run from senior Reed Gragnani in the eighth inning to break a tie game and lift the Cavaliers to an 8-6 win over Wake Forest Sunday. The blast was the first home run in 130 career games for Gragnani.
UVa had baserunners in every inning and finished with 11 hits. Five Cavaliers picked up two hits each, highlighted by Gragnani and Brandon Downes, who had a pair of doubles and drove in two. Branden Cogswell reached base safely in five of his six plate appearances.
Austin Young earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief as he improved to 4-0. Kyle Crockett recorded the last five outs to pick up his fourth save in as many games and his sixth of the season. UVa starter Scott Silverstein worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing four earned runs, six hits and a walk while fanning two.
The Cavaliers took the lead in the eighth inning, breaking a 6-6 tie. Mike Papi drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a Fisher sacrifice and to third on a Howard groundout. He scored when Gragnani crushed a 1-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for his first career home run.
UVa has already clinched the series and goes for the sweep at 7 p.m. Monday in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPNU.
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