April 17, 2012
The No. 25 Virginia baseball team used a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to secure a 7-5 victory over Richmond Tuesday. The win marked the end of the three-game losing streak as the Cavaliers improve to 24-13-1 overall this season.
Stephen Bruno went 3-for-5 at the plate to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Freshman catcher Nate Irving had three RBI while fellow first-year Mike Papi hit a home run and scored twice for the Cavaliers.
Shane Halley (5-1) earned the win, pitching 1.1 innings of scoreless baseball. Senior Justin Thompson earned his seventh save with a scoreless frame in the ninth.
UVa starting pitcher Joel Effertz lasted just two batters into the first inning (both walks) and was replaced by Austin Young. Inheriting two batters, Young gave up a three-run home run to Richmond's Chris Cowell to give the Spiders and early 3-0 advantage.
The Cavaliers answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring first on a sacrifice fly from Jared King. Brandon Downes was the third batter to walk, scoring another run to make it 3-2. Irving gave UVa their first lead on a 2 RBI double to right center, 4-3.
Richmond tied the game in the third before Virginia regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on Papi's solo home run, the first of his college career.
The game was even again in the seventh inning when Virginia plated the final two runs of the game, both on bunts. With two runners on, pinch hitter Colin Harrington's bunt got underneath the glove of Spider pitcher Andrew Brockett to score Bruno. Later, with the bases loaded, Irving bunted down the first-base line to bring home King.
After nine straight home games, the Cavaliers hit the road this weekend for a three-game series at Duke. The two teams will play at 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
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