April 9, 2012
The Virginia baseball team completed the sweep of Wake Forest (19-14, 5-10 ACC) Monday night in a nationally televised game on ESPNU. The Cavaliers (22-10-1, 9-6 ACC) pulled away late for a 11-2 victory and their 14th straight at Davenport Field. It was the team's second ACC sweep of the season and forces a second place tie in the Coastal Division with North Carolina.
Kyle Crockett (2-2) earned the win for Virginia after relieving starter Artie Lewicki and throwing four shutout innings. He struck out two and allowed one hit. Senior Justin Thompson earned his sixth save of the season, tossing the final 1.2 innings and getting out of a bases loaded jam in the eight. He struck out three of seven batters faced and allowed one hit and no runs.
Offensively, Stephen Bruno went 2-3 with a pair of runs and RBI. Chris Taylor and Colin Harrington each added two hits.
The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after a two-out RBI single from Jared King that scored Taylor. Wake tied the game in the third inning and took a 2-1 lead on a RBI double from Mac Williamson.
Virginia responded in the fifth inning, tying the game on a fielder's choice and regaining the lead on a past ball, 3-2. The Hoos got a RBI double from Harrington in the sixth, who advanced to third on a error, scoring Taylor. A sacrifice fly made it 5-2.
Thompson replaced Crockett on the mound in the eighth, inheriting a bases loaded situation with one out. The senior struck out his first batter and forced a ground out to end the inning and keep a 5-2 lead.
The Cavaliers pulled away from there, getting a RBI single from Bruno before freshman catcher Nate Irving put the game away with a bases-clearing triple. Irving would also score the four-run play after a throwing error by the Demon Deacons. Virginia scored six runs in the inning.
UVa continues their nine-game homestand Wednesday when they host George Washington at 6 p.m.