April 24, 2012
Freshman Nate Irving propelled Virginia to a 3-2 victory over Radford (23-17) Tuesday night with a RBI walk-off single in the eleventh inning. Irving went 4-for-5 at the plate, a career-high. The Cavaliers improve to 27-14-1.
Senior Justin Thompson earned the win after pitching 2.2 shutout innings to finish the game.
The Cavaliers struck first in the bottom of the first inning, scoring on a sacrifice fly from Stephen Bruno. The Highlanders matched it in the top of the fifth inning. After striking out the side in the fourth, UVa starter Kyle Crockett hit batter Brandon Sipe to walk in the game-tying run.
Virginia led off the seventh inning with a single from Brandon Cogswell. He advanced to third on a hit from Derek Fisher. Jared King broke the tie with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Cogswell to make it a 2-1 game. Again, Radford matched it, scoring on a bunt from Sipe in the top of the seventh. He was safe at first after a throwing error from Bruno.
The game stay tied into the eleventh inning when Mitchell Shifflett singled to center and Colin Harrington reached base on a fielding error setting up the walk-off win. Irving singled down the right field line to score Shifflett for the game-winner, 3-2.
Virginia returns to action Wednesday with a 7 p.m. game at VCU.