April 18, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The No. 11 Virginia baseball team posted its 30th win of the 2017 season Tuesday with a 13-2 victory over Longwood at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (30-9) limited Longwood (12-23) to two hits while three UVA pitchers combined to strike out 14 batters.
Pavin Smith (Jr., Jupiter, Fla.) went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs to lead a 12-hit attack. Andy Weber (So., Aurora, Ohio) went 2-for-4 with three RBI, while Adam Haseley (Jr., Windermere, Fla.) added a pair of hits.
Robbie Coman (Gr., Lake Worth, Fla.) and Cameron Simmons (So., Royersford, Pa.) each homered as UVA went deep for the 10th straight game, the Cavaliers' longest such streak since homering in 11 straight games from Feb. 28-March 15, 1998.
Bennett Sousa (Jr., North Palm Beach, Fla.) worked 2 1/3 perfect innings of relief to earn the win and improve to 3-0 on the year. Starter Evan Sperling walked five batters over 4 2/3 innings, but allowed just one unearned run and one hit while striking out seven. Jack Roberts (Sr., Richmond, Va.) pitched the final two innings to finish off the win.
Longwood used seven pitchers in the game. Starter Jon Peterson (1-1) took the loss after allowing three runs, five hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings. The Lancers' lone hits came on a third-inning infield single from Antwaun Tucker and an eighth-inning bloop single from Nathan Iskowitz.
On a tear of late, Simmons started fast with a two-run homer to left field in the second inning, his fifth of the year. It extended his hit streak to a career-high 12 games.
After Longwood scored an unearned run in the third, UVA countered in the bottom of the inning with an RBI double from Smith, plating Haseley.
Virginia broke the game open by sending 11 batters to the plate in a six-run fifth inning. After Smith hit a leadoff single, the next three Cavaliers walked to force in a run. Justin Novak (Jr., Tokyo, Japan) then hit into a fielder's choice, with Coman scoring, and Caleb Knight (Jr., Checotah, Okla.) following him home following a Longwood error. Weber later hit a two-run triple into the right-field corner and scored on a two-out Smith single to right.
UVA added four runs in the seventh, capped by a two-run homer to left from Coman, his fifth of the year. He stretched his hit streak to a career-best dozen games.
Longwood got a pinch-hit RBI single from Iskowitz in the eighth inning to close the scoring.
Virginia remains home Wednesday for a 6 p.m. game against James Madison.
Spring Football NotebookFootball4/20/18As part of the inaugural Wahoowa Weekend, spring football concludes for the Cavaliers with an open practice April 28 at Scott Stadium.Thompson Ready To Lead From FrontWomen's Basketball4/18/18The mood was celebratory Wednesday afternoon at John Paul Jones Arena, where Tina Thompson was introduced as UVA's women's basketball coach.Walsh Ready to Lead 'Hoos in PostseasonMen's Golf4/18/18Healthy again after battling back problems for much of 2017, Thomas Walsh enters this weekend's ACC tournament in good form.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Tuesday's Game vs. ODU Cancelled
Baseball | 4/23/2018
Tuesday's non-conference game against Old Dominion at Harbor Park has been cancelled.
Ninth Inning Rally Clinches Series for Virginia
Baseball | 4/22/2018
Virginia rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning to stun Louisville, 2-1.
Virginia Evens Series Behind Strong Pitching
Baseball | 4/21/2018
Daniel Lynch and reliever Bennett Sousa shut down Louisville over the final six innings in a 5-4...
Louisville Takes Opener With Late Rally
Baseball | 4/20/2018
Danny Oriente doubled in two runs in the eighth inning to help, Louisville prevail, 5-4 over...
Virginia Travels to Louisville for Three-Game Series
Baseball | 4/19/2018
Virginia will continue its Atlantic Coast Conference schedule this weekend with a three-game road...
Virginia Powers Past Liberty, 14-3
Baseball | 4/18/2018
A four-run second inning and a five-run seventh aided Virginia to an 14-3 victory over Liberty.
Virginia Walks-off against GW in 12th
Baseball | 04/17/2018
Brendan Rivoli doubled in the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning in a 3-2 midweek win.
Virginia Baseball Signs John “Parker” Staples
Baseball | 04/16/2018
Virginia head baseball coach Brian O’Connor announced the signing of nine-year-old John ...
- Online Stores