Playing in their final game before a weeklong break for finals, the Virginia baseball team fell to Old Dominion, 8-1 on Tuesday night at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va.
The Cavaliers, who are now 37-9, were ranked second nationally with a .985 fielding percentage coming into the game but committed a season-high four errors in the loss. UVa finished with just four hits in the game, which was played in a steady mist and winds blowing straight in at up to 30 mph.
"I mean that was a good old-fashioned butt kicking, quite frankly," said head coach Brian O'Connor. "They beat us in every area of the game. They beat us on the mound, they threw more strikes and attacked hitters better than we did for nine innings."
UVa starting pitcher Artie Lewicki worked six innings, allowing four runs and five hits. Lewicki did not walk a batter and struck out six in taking the loss.
"I think it shows that we still have work to do all the time," Lewicki said after the loss. "I think it shows that there are still some steps to be taken forward for this team as a whole, not just as a defense or an offense."
The 'Hoos scored first in the second inning, when John La Prise singled to score Joe McCarthy. UVa then loaded the bases with one out, but a double play ended the threat, and the Cavaliers recorded just one more hit the rest of the game. La Prise finished with two of UVa's four hits.
ODU took advantage of a pair of UVa errors to score twice in the third inning. P.J. Higgins hit a high infield pop toward the right side of the infield before the ball blew back behind first base where La Prise dropped it near the line for an error, allowing two runs to score.
The Monarchs tacked on two runs in the sixth inning with a pair of two-out RBI hits. ODU then added four insurance runs in the eighth inning, all with two outs on two-run doubles by Connor Myers and Nick Walker against reliever Connor Jones.
The Cavaliers now begin their break for final exams and return to action May 7 at home against No. 22 Liberty.