The No. 2 Virginia baseball team had its 16-game home win streak snapped with a 7-1 loss to No. 14 Clemson Saturday afternoon in front of a season-high crowd of 4,886 at Davenport Field. The loss also broke a 13-game ACC home win streak for Virginia, which fell to 29-6, and 13-4 in the ACC.
Virginia starting pitcher Josh Sborz worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs, one hit and three walks while striking out five. Sborz, who fell to 3-2 with the loss, did not allow a hit until the sixth inning. The nation's top fielding team, UVa was uncharacteristically sloppy, committing a pair of errors as well as several mental blunders.
After going hitless through the first five innings, Clemson strung together a pair of RBI singles and a sacrifice fly to lead 3-0, then blew the game open with a four-run seventh inning, highlighted by a Garrett Boulware two-run blast.
UVa broke up the shutout in the eighth inning when Joe McCarthy grounded into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded to bring home Branden Cogswell. UVa again loaded the bases with one out before Clemson closer Matt Campbell entered to get the final two outs with no further damage.
The rubber game of the series is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.