BY JOSHUA NEEDELMAN
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The Virginia baseball team broke even Friday evening at Disharoon Park.
The Cavaliers won the second game of a doubleheader against No. 6 Louisville, 10-2, after dropping the first contest, 15-7. The teams will play the final game of the three-game ACC series Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
In winning the second game, Virginia stayed afloat in its quest to qualify for the ACC Tournament, which features the top 12 teams in the conference; the Cavaliers finished Friday in 10th place in the 14-team league.
Right-hander Mike Vasil earned the win in the nightcap after allowing two earned runs in seven innings of work. Left-hander Andrew Abbott pitched a scoreless final two innings for Coach Brian O’Connor’s team.
The Virginia offense started the second game by scoring three runs in the first inning and four in the second. First baseman Nate Eikhoff and designated hitter Jack Weiller led the team with two RBI each.
The first game of the doubleheader did not go as well for Virginia. The Cavaliers scored two runs in the first inning but right-hander Noah Murdock could not hold the lead. He had surrendered eight runs by the end of his three-inning outing.
Virginia struck back in the bottom of third, when third baseman Zack Gelof drilled a three-run homer into the left field seats. Gelof had just missed a dinger earlier in the at-bat, driving a ball inches to the left of the left-field foul pole, and as he crossed home plate he toasted helmets with designated hitter Brendan Rivoli and center fielder Cameron Simmons.
Right fielder Alex Tappen kept the good vibes coming with a solo homer in the fourth, pulling Virginia to within two runs. But the Cardinals outscored the Cavaliers 7-1 the rest of the way and cruised to the blowout.