The No. 3 Virginia baseball team scored six runs in the 11th inning in an 8-3 victory over No. 25 Miami Sunday night.. The Cavaliers, who improved to 18-4 overall and 6-2 in the ACC, evened the series with the Hurricanes at a game apiece; the rubber game is slated for 7 p.m. Monday and will be televised by ESPNU.
Branden Cogswell racked up his first career four-hit game, going 4-for-7, while Brandon Downes added three hits, including a home run. Every UVa starter recorded at least one hit as the Cavaliers piled up 16 hits.
UVa reliever Connor Jones worked three scoreless innings to earn the win and improve to 2-0. Whit Mayberry got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 11th inning to earn his first save.
Virginia starter Josh Sborz pitched a career-long seven innings while striking out a career-best 10 batters in a dominating performance. He gave up just a hit, two walks and a hit batsman during his stint. The hit and walks all came in a three-batter span in the fifth inning.
UVa loaded the bases with none out in the 11th before Nick Howard chopped a ball in front of the plate for a single, scoring Cogswell to break a 2-2 deadlock. Joe McCarthy drew a walk to bring in Daniel Pinero to make it 4-2. A passed ball allowed Mike Papi to score and make it 5-2. Two outs later, Robbie Coman ripped a single to left field, scoring a pair of runs. Kenny Towns followed with a ground-rule double to left to give UVa an 8-2 lead.
Howard took the mound in the bottom of the 11th inning and was uncharacteristically wild, issuing his first three walks of the season; the third forced in a run with none out. Mayberry came in and got a strikeout and induced a 4-6-3 double play to end the game with no further damage.