Cavs Shut Out Tigers, Clinch Series Win

The second-ranked Virginia baseball team blanked No. 14 Clemson, 1-0, Sunday at Davenport Field.

The Cavaliers are now 30-6 this season and 14-4 in the ACC. With the win, UVa clinches the series, and has now won all nine of its weekend series this year, including six in ACC play.

UVa scores Sunday's win in front of 4,840 fans at Davenport, which brought the three-game series total attendance to 13,947, breaking the school’s series record. The previous high was 13,890, set last year against Florida State.

Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell worked 6 1/3 shutout innings, giving up six hits and no walks while striking out four. Waddell, who is now 5-1 this season, has recorded 14 1/3 straight shutout innings and has not walked a batter in his last 24 innings, dating to an intentional walk on March 24 at Miami.

Whit Mayberry pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, stranding runners on base in the seventh and eighth innings. Nick Howard gave up a first-pitch single in the ninth before retiring the next three batters in order to earn his league-leading 11th save of the year.

"It's definitely a confidence booster," Waddell says of the pitching staff's performance over the weekend. "We know we went out there and job the job done. We knew that they were a good opponent and they were really good hitters, probably one of the best lineups we faced all year."

"Certainly what our guys did from a pitching staff standpoint to win this series, I'm just really proud of them," added head coach Brian O'Connor. "That's the kind of offensive ball club you face when you're trying to win a regional or a super regional. They've got a really good club."

Branden Cogswell had two of Virginia’s four hits, while Daniel Pinero reached base in all four of his plate appearances with a hit and three walks. Clemson finished with eight hits.

Virginia scored the game’s lone run in the third inning. With one out the bases loaded, Mike Papi hit a sinking liner to right which Steven Duggar laid out to catch. The sac fly brought Coman home.

Clemson had base runners in seven of the nine innings, including each of the final four innings, but ended up stranding 10 runners in the game.

Next up, the Cavaliers host Radford on Tuesday at 6 p.m.


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