Freshman Alec Bettinger pitched five scoreless innings as the No. 2 Virginia baseball team defeated Longwood, 8-1, on Wednesday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers improved to 20-4 on the season with the win.
Bettinger moved to 2-0 on the year while allowing three hits and three walks while striking out a pair. Bettinger and four relievers combined to limit the Lancers to six hits as UVa came within a strike of a shutout.
Branden Cogswell recorded a pair of hits as UVa finished with seven hits on the day. John La Prise also knocked in a pair of runs for UVa.
Virginia scored four times in the second inning. With one out, five consecutive Cavaliers reached base safely. After Joe McCarthy singled and Brandon Downes walked, Matt Thaiss singled in a run. While attempting to sacrifice with runners on the corners, Nate Irving reached safely when Gould threw the ball down the right-field line, with Downes scoring on the play. La Prise then singled in Thaiss, and Cogswell brought in Irving on a safety squeeze.
UVa added a run in the fourth inning. Thaiss reached on a two-base error to start the inning, moved to third on an Irving sac bunt and scored on a sac fly La Prise.
The Cavaliers tacked on a run in the fifth on a Downes single through the drawn-in infield to score McCarthy from third.
UVa put two final runs up on the board in the eighth inning on a Daniel Pinero run-scoring fielder’s choice and a Mike Papi sacrifice fly.
Virginia plays host to Virginia Tech Friday through Sunday in a three-game conference series at Davenport Field.