Charlottesville - The top-ranked Virginia baseball team scored in every inning but one and held the nation's number one scoring offense, William & Mary, to a season-low four hits in an 11-2 win over the Tribe Wednesday night.
Virginia starting pitcher Artie Lewicki worked five innings of one-hit, shutout baseball to earn the win. Lewicki (3-0) walked two and struck out a career-high eight batters.
William & Mary starter Daniel Powers (0-2) gave up five earned runs in two-plus innings of work in taking the loss.
Freshman Matt Thaiss went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI to highlight Virginia's 14-hit night. The Cavaliers broke the game wide open in third inning, scoring five runs and sending 10 to the plate. The big play of the inning came with the bases loaded and nobody out. Joe McCarthy hit a sinking line drive to center field that dropped for a single, and when the ball got past center fielder Derek Lowe and rolled all the way to the warning track, all four runners came around to score on the three-base error.
William & Mary broke up the shutout on run-scoring doubles from Michael Katz in the sixth and seventh innings; he now has an NCAA-best 64 RBI this year.
With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 31-6 for the season. The Tribe drops to 22-14. Virginia plays host to UNC for a three-game ACC series this Friday through Sunday. Friday night's game is at 6, with Saturday and Sunday games both starting at 1.