The No. 1 Virginia baseball team earned a 2-1 win over Duke Sunday afternoon in Durham. The Cavaliers improved to 11-3 on the season, 2-1 in the ACC and took two of three games in the series.
Pitching and defense ruled the weekend as the teams combined for just 13 runs and 29 hits in the series. Duke out-hit Virginia 6-5 Sunday.
Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell worked six solid innings, giving up a run, three hits and three walks while striking out seven. He earned the win to improve to 3-1. Whit Mayberry, David Rosenberger and Nick Howard each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen. Howard earned his fourth save after striking out the side in the ninth inning.
Virginia pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters in the game.
Nate Irving recorded two of Virginia’s five hits and also posted an RBI.
Virginia scored both of its runs in the second inning. Joe McCarthy doubled to right field on the first pitch. He moved to third on a wild pitch. After Howard walked, Irving hit a sacrifice fly to shallow left-center. On the throw home, Howard advanced to second and he came all the way around to score when catcher Mike Rosenfeld’s throw to second sailed into right-center field.
Virginia returns home at 4 p.m. Tuesday to face James Madison, starting a stretch of six straight games at Davenport Field.