The No. 25 Virginia baseball won its sixth straight game to start the 2013 season Saturday, downing Toledo, 5-0, at Davenport Field. Scott Silverstein and Whit Mayberry combined on a five-hitter as the Cavaliers recorded their second straight shutout against the Rockets.
“That was a great college baseball game,” Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor said. “Scott Silverstein and Whit Mayberry pitched like veterans, like they should. Most importantly, in a game like this, we played really spectacular defense. We didn’t have any errors and we handled the ball on the infield, which was really important. I’m happy with how our guys handled the situation. I thought (Kyle) Shaw was really good. Our offensive approach against him was really good. We squared some balls up, but unfortunately weren’t able to push any runs across early.”
In the second-longest start of his career, Silverstein pitched 6 1/3 innings to notch the win. He gave up four hits and two walks while recording four strikeouts. Virginia starting pitchers now have recorded four straight scoreless starts, with a streak of 25 1/3 straight scoreless innings dating to last Saturday. Mayberry pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to earn the save, the second of his career.
Virginia cleanup hitter Brandon Downes led at the plate with a 2-for-3 day, including a 3-run home run. Kenny Towns also went 2-for-3 with a double and triple.
The Cavs and Rockets finish up their series Sunday at 1 p.m. at Davenport Field.