UVa Takes DH Against Monmouth to Sweep Series

The top-ranked Virginia baseball team took both games of a doubleheader and earned the sweep against Monmouth Sunday afternoon.

The Cavaliers won game one, 5-3, before capturing the nightcap, 6-2, in a game that was called after 5 1/2 innings because of rain. With the wins, UVa improved to 9-2 on the season.

Joe McCarthy went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the doubleheader, while Brandon Downes had two hits and three RBI for the day.

“I thought this was a really good weekend for us,” head coach Brian O’Connor said. “Anytime you can sweep a series, you have to feel good about it. Our starting pitching did a nice job all weekend. Josh Sborz wasn’t as sharp today as he has been, but he battled through it and gave us five good innings, and Brandon Waddell pitched really well today.

The 'Hoos finished with just three hits in the second game but made them count, as each hit scored at least one run. Downes and McCarthy each had two-run doubles.

Starting pitcher Brandon Waddell worked all six innings to record his first career complete game. Waddell allowed two runs and five hits while striking out five. Due to wet field conditions, the game was called after 5 1/2 innings, and the Cavaliers came away with the 6-2 win.

In the first game, UVa starting pitcher Josh Sborz worked five innings and gave up his first run of the season after allowing a first-inning score. Sborz gave up six hits and a walk while striking out four. Nick Howard worked two perfect innings to nab his second save of the season.

Mike Papi, Fisher and McCarthy each recorded two hits for Virginia, which finished with 10 hits as a team.

Down 1-0 in the third, the Cavaliers got on the board when Derek Fisher lined a double to left-center to bring in Papi and tie the game. Downes followed with an RBI single and McCarthy hit a sacrifice fly to right to give UVa a 3-1 lead.

After Monmouth scored in the fourth, the 'Hoos answered when Daniel Pinero scored on a Papi single to right. With the single, Papi reached base safely in his ninth straight plate appearance, dating to his final at bat last Tuesday.

Monmouth drew within one again in the seventh inning against reliever David Rosenberger on a sacrifice fly, but UVa got an insurance run in the eighth inning.

Virginia is scheduled to play a pair of home contests this week, with a Tuesday matchup against George Washington and a Wednesday game against Old Dominion.

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