Three Virginia pitchers combined to scatter four hits as the No. 5 Cavaliers defeated Miami, 8-1, Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. In winning its ninth straight game, Virginia (25-2, 9-2 ACC) clinched its fourth ACC series win in as many weeks.
The teams will compete the series at noon Sunday. The game originally was slated to start at 1 p.m., but the start time was changed because of the potential for inclement weather.
Virginia starting pitcher Scott Silverstein worked 6 2/3 innings and tied a career high with nine strikeouts in a strong performance. Silverstein (5-0) earned the win while allowing just an earned run, three hits and two walks.
After Whit Mayberry got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh inning, Kyle Crockett picked up the final six outs to earn his second save.
Virginia finished with 11 hits, including five during a four-run eighth inning which opened up the game. Reed Gragnani, Nate Irving and Kenny Towns each recorded a pair of hits, while Gragnani drove in three runs and now has seven RBI in the series.