North Carolina Hands Virginia First Home Sweep Since 2003

April 15, 2012

No. 8 North Carolina scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed in downing the No. 23 Virginia baseball team 5-3 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Sunday attendance of 4,422 gave UVa a weekend total of 13,675, the most in program history for a regular-season series.

With the win the Tar Heels (27-9, 12-6 ACC) swept the three-game series and became the first ACC team to sweep the Cavaliers at Davenport Field since Georgia Tech from May 9-11, 2003.

Brandon Downes went 3-for-3 and scored twice off the bench for Virginia (23-13-1, 9-9). Stephen Bruno homered and knocked in a pair of runs for the Cavaliers.

Virginia starting pitcher Artie Lewicki worked 4.1 innings, allowing four earned runs, six hits and a walk while striking out three. He was credited with the loss and fell to 1-2 this season.

North Carolina got some early breathing room with a four-run second inning. Cody Stubbs and Michael Russell hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners, Brian Holbertson stroked a two-run single to center, and Adam Griffin followed with an RBI single. One out later, Chaz Frank singled in Griffin and the Tar Heels held a 4-0 edge.

Bruno put the Cavaliers on the board when he homered into the left- field bleachers to lead off the fourth inning. It was his third home run of the year.

UVa scored again in the fifth inning on a Bruno sacrifice fly, but the Tar Heels countered with a run of their own in the sixth inning against UVa reliever Kyle Crockett on Parks Jordan's two-out RBI single to score Zolk.

Virginia cut the lead to 5-3 in the seventh. Downes led off with a single. Two outs later, with Downes on third base, Nick Howard walked. With Bruno at the plate, Howard slipped while returning to first base and was caught in a rundown. He stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Downes to score.

UVa put runners on first and second with one out in the ninth inning, but Chris Taylor grounded into a double play to end the game.

Virginia concludes its nine-game homestand at 6 p.m. Tuesday when Richmond visits Davenport Field. UVa hits the road next weekend for an ACC series against Duke at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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