Joe McCarthy went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI to lead the second-ranked UVa baseball team to a 9-3 win Tuesday night at James Madison. The Cavaliers and Dukes played in front of a capacity crowd of 1,632 at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park.
John La Prise was 3-for-3 and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, while Mike Papi homered and drove in four runs.
Four UVa pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the 'Hoos improved to 28-5 on the season. UVa pitchers have allowed just 10 hits over the last four games.
Virginia starting pitcher Alec Bettinger worked four scoreless innings. Bettinger gave up a pair of hits and three hits while striking out one to earn the win. Artie Lewicki, Whit Mayberry and Kevin Doherty combined to surrender two hits over the final five innings. Lewicki struck out five batters in three innings of relief.
The 'Hoos got on the board in the first inning after Daniel Pinero walked with one out, then McCarthy hit a home run to right-center. It was McCarthy’s third home run of the season.
After adding a run in the fourth, UVa took a 5-0 lead in the fifth when Papi sent a long home run to right field. The two-run shot was Papi’s team-leading sixth homer of the year.
The Cavaliers padded their lead with three runs in the sixth. UVa loaded the bases with none out before reliever Kevin Feehan entered to get Papi to ground into a run-scoring fielder’s choice. McCarthy then ripped a double to the wall in right-center to score a pair and stretch the lead to 8-0. UVa tacked on a run in the seventh when Papi grounded out to score La Prise.
Down to its final strike in the ninth inning, JMU broke up the shutout on a two-run double by Kyle Weston and added a run on a misplayed fly ball that led to a run-scoring triple for Josh Wyatt.
Virginia returns home Friday to start a seven-game homestand at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers face No. 14 Clemson Friday through Sunday in an ACC series.