Well, this would be the second victory over a ranked team this season:
Georgia Tech (36-17, 14-14 ACC) grabbed the initial lead as Dietrich singled to plate Murton, who had doubled to lead off the inning.
After squandering some early chances, Virginia (36-17, 15-13) put up a run in the fourth inning on a Tyler Cannon … sacrifice fly after UVa loaded the bases with no outs on three straight singles, including bunt hits from Valdes and Barr. Virginia then left the bases loaded in the inning, one of four times the Cavaliers left the bases full in the game. UVa stranded 15 runners on base in tying a season high.
The Cavaliers took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth inning. UVa loaded the bases with one out, and after a Patrick Wingfield … strikeout, David Adams … reached on a throwing error that allowed two runs to score and push the Cavaliers ahead, 3-1.
UVa tacked on a run in the seventh inning when Barr recorded his third hit of the night, a single through a drawn-in infield to plate Phil Gosselin….
Georgia Tech scored a run in the ninth inning on a Tony Plagman sacrifice fly off of Schwimer, but the Cavalier closer rallied to strike out Thomas Nichols looking to end the game.
An important win for NCAA considerations. Greg notes* on the baseball board:
Big, big start to this series. We erase [Tech pitcher David] Duncan and still get the W and saved … the bullpen. Plus despite the issues with runners left-on-base we did get base runners and hits. Now if we can plate them tomorrow and Saturday that would be awesome.
Yes, the stranded runners are disconcerting. But, with how this season has gone, I’ll take a victory against one of their top pitchers any day of the week.