CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The No. 23 Virginia baseball team fell 6-2 to No. 8 North Carolina Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out, school-record crowd of 5,074 at Davenport Field. The attendance figure snapped the previous record of 5,050, set five times during the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
The attendance figure also topped the regular-season school record of 4,825, set on May 16, 2010, against North Carolina. With the win UNC (26-9, 11-6 ACC) clinched the series and snapped Virginia's streak of 16-consecutive ACC home series wins, which dated to March 2009.
The series finale is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday. Approximately 1,500 tickets remain for the game; fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance at VirginiaSports.com. The Davenport Field ticket windows open at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Stephen Bruno (Jr., Audubon, N.J.) led the Cavaliers (23-12-1, 9-8) with three hits, including an RBI double. Virginia finished with seven hits and had runners on base in every inning, including the leadoff batter in seven frames. The Cavaliers left a season-high 15 runners on base, including eight in scoring position.
BLACKSBURG, Va. – Miami, Fla. native Alex Perez stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases loaded and nobody out. The ACC game between the No. 6 Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Tech Hokies was knotted at 4-4 on Saturday afternoon at English Field.
The freshman just stood there and never took the bat off his shoulder, not because he was overwhelmed by the situation, but because he watched four straight pitches fail to find the strike zone. He then just trotted to first, forcing home Chad Pinder with the winning run to give the Hokies a 5-4 win.
ROCK HILL, S.C. – A sacrifice fly in the ninth inning gave the Winthrop
Eagles a 6-5 win over the Liberty Flames in a Big South Conference contest,
Saturday at Winthrop Ballpark.
Liberty, which took the opening game of the series, 7-0, on Friday night, drops to 8-3 in the Big South and 29-9 overall. Winthrop improves to 5-6 in conference play and 12-24 overall, halting a three-game losing streak.
Host Winthrop opened the scoring with a run
in the bottom of the first inning. Shortstop Jason Driver began the frame with
a double into the right-center field gap and moved to third base on a bunt by
right fielder Justin Hopper. Driver then plated the game's first run on a wild
pitch by Liberty starting pitcher Patrick Eckelbarger.
Liberty collected 14 hits in the game, with six Flames recording two apiece. Winthrop had 12 hits in the contest. Hopper led all hitters in the game with three hits. Both teams left 10 men each on base.
Liberty and Winthrop will meet in the final game of their weekend series tomorrow afternoon at the Winthrop Ballpark. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Firt place Lynchburg College split a doubleheader with Emory & Henry winning game one 25-4 and losing game two 10-8.