Cavs Turn Power On in Win Over Spiders

Brian O'Connor said earlier this week that in college baseball, a team can turn its offensive fortunes around in a hurry.

"Sometimes it just takes a couple of games, or one weekend, to get things going, and you're off to the races," Virginia's head coach said Monday.

O'Connor's top-ranked Cavaliers may have proven their coach correct on Wednesday.

Four different players homered for UVa -- including three as part of a six-run outburst in the third inning -- as the Cavaliers beat Richmond 13-0 Wednesday night at Davenport Field. UVa will take a 35-7 record to Tallahassee for this weekend's showdown with No. 4 Florida State.

Sophomore Robbie Coman got the scoring started in the third with his first college homer, a solo shot to left field. Later that inning, Joe McCarthy's grand slam to right field made it 5-0 Cavaliers; two batters later, Derek Fisher's second homer in as many nights made it 6-0.

Mike Papi added his team-best seventh homer of the season in the sixth-inning, a two-run shot that increased the UVa lead to 9-0, and marked the first time since 2005 that four different UVa players homered in the same game.

McCarthy finished the game 2-for-3 with five RBI, while Fisher and Kenny Towns also had two-hit nights. Papi scored a team-high three runs.

Four UVa pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout, led by starter Alec Bettinger. The freshman struck out a career-high 11 Spiders and gave up just one hit in six innings pitched, and improved to 5-0 on the season with the win.


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