No. 25 Cavs Use Strong Bullpen To Clinch Series over No. 15 Miami

April 29, 2012

The No. 25 Virginia baseball team overcame a four-run deficit Sunday to beat No. 15 Miami 7-4 and clinch the three-game series that concludes on Monday. The Cavaliers (30-14-1, 13-10 ACC) take over sole possession of second place in the ACC Coastal Division as Miami (27-16, 12-11) falls into third.

Virginia got six shutout innings of relief from Shane Halley (7-1) and a perfect three-strikeout performance in the ninth inning from Justin Thompson to secure the win. Halley faced 20 batters and allowed just two hits and two walks. Thompson earned his eighth save of the season. UVa's bullpen now has tossed 24-consecutive scoreless innings in ACC play.

Colin Harrington and Nate Irving each had a pair of hits and RBI Sunday to lead the offense. Miami committed five errors which led to six unearned runs for Virginia.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning with a soloe home run followed by a three-RBI double.

Virginia added a run in the third and fourth innings to cut the deficit to two. They're close the gap in the fifth, scoring three runs on two hits. The Cavaliers took the lead on a single by Irving that scored Brandon Downes to make it 5-4.

The Cavaliers would add another two runs in the eighth inning while Halley and Thompson combined to keep the Hurricanes' bats silent the rest of the way.

The three-game series finale is set for 7 p.m. Monday and will be televised by ESPNU.


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