The Virginia baseball team dropped both games of Saturday’s doubleheader against Miami at Disharoon Park. The Hurricanes won the opener, 9-6, then earned a 2-1 victory in the nightcap to clinch the series.
Miami has had Virginia’s number of late. The Hurricanes (24-12, 9-8 ACC) have now won five straight games against Cavaliers (21-15, 8-9 ACC).
In the opener, Virginia scored two runs on four hits to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Nate Eikhoff plated the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly that scored Cameron Simmons. Jack Weiller followed with an RBI single through the right side that plated Zack Gelof.
Miami responded with what proved to be a game-changing rally in its next turn at the plate. The Hurricanes sent nine batters to the plate, racking up six hits and five runs. After tying the score at 2-2, Adrian Del Castillo launched a three-run homer over the right field wall. The five-run fifth was the fourth time this season that a Virginia opponent has scored five or more runs in an inning.
The five-run third inning was part of a string of eight-straight runs scored by the Hurricanes. Miami scored three runs with two outs in the top of the sixth to take an 8-2 lead, the largest of the afternoon.
Weiller ignited the Cavaliers’ comeback effort in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI double that scored Gelof. Logan Michaels then brought Weiller home with an RBI single up the middle to cut the Miami lead in half, 8-4. Weiller was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in the opener for his first multi-hit game of the season.
Virginia pulled within two runs thanks to an unearned run, followed by a sac fly from Gelof in the seventh but would get no closer.
In the nightcap, UVa starting pitcher Griff McGarry turned in his fourth quality start of the season and was the tough luck loser in a pitcher’s duel. McGarry allowed two runs over 6.2 innings of work and struck out seven batters while walking only two. It marked the fourth time this season that the right-hander has struck out seven or more in a game.
Miami broke the scoreless tie with a two-out double off the bat of Tony Jenkins that scored Del Castillo from second base. The Hurricanes struck again with two outs in what proved to be the game-winning run in the sixth. Third baseman Raymond Gil cracked his ninth homer of the year over the left field wall to put Miami up 2-0.
The Cavaliers got on the board in the seventh with an RBI groundout from Brendan Rivoli that plated Alex Tappen. The RBI was Rivoli’s 24th of the year. The Cavaliers left the tying run on base in the frame and did not record a hit for the remaining three innings.
The series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday. Freshman Mike Vasil will be on the hill for the Cavaliers and will be opposed by right-hander Brian Van Belle.