The UVA Cavaliers came to English Field to take on the Hokies and to say it wasn't pretty is an understatement. The Cavaliers outscored the Hokies 37-8 in the three game series and showed why they're the top team in college baseball.
It'd be too painful to go through each game run by run so today I'll switch things up a bit and just offer an overall summary of the games.
Virginia 18, Virginia Tech 3
Not a good start to the weekend for the Hokies as they gave up 18 runs on 16 hits. Tech actually started the game off with a 2-0 lead as Andrew Rash hit a 2-run homerun in the first inning. But Tech's lead was short lived as the Cavaliers struck for 5 runs in the third inning and chased Hokies' starting pitcher Joe Mantiply after just 2.2 IP. In the 4th inning, the Cavaliers knocked in 6 runs, 2 in the 5th inning and 4 in the 6th inning. UVA's Danny Hultzen pitched 6.0 innings to get the win and gave up only 2 runs on 4 hits.
The Cavaliers won with ease on Friday and set the tone for the weekend with the remaining two games after the jump.
Virginia 9, Virginia Tech 3
Virginia Tech gave up 9 runs on 14 hits to the Cavaliers on Saturday and starting pitcher Marc Zecchino went 5.2 innings with 7 ER on 9 hits--yet striking out 11 batters. The big damage came in the 4th inning as Zecchino surrendered a 3-run homerun to David Coleman. The 6th inning wasn't kind to Zecchino either as he was responsible for all three runs. Tech's Tyler Horan hit a 3-run homerun in the 8th inning, but it wasn't nearly enough for the Hokies against the Cavs' pitching.
Virginia 10, Virginia Tech 2
Joe Parsons survived just three innings for the Hokies after giving up 5 runs on 6 hits. Parsons gave up all 5 runs in the 3rd inning and was pulled from the game after the inning concluded. Andrew Rash hit his 10th homerun of the year for the Hokies in the 6th inning, but again it wasn't nearly enough against the Cavaliers. The Hoos scored a run in the 7th, three runs in the 8th, and one final one in the 9th.
Virginia improved to 11-1 in the ACC and 28-2 overall while the Hokies dropped to 1-11 and dipped below .500 with a 14-16 record. The season is far from over but things are looking very grim for the Hokies at this point and any chance of getting back to the NCAAs is pretty much already out the window.
The Hokies have a Tuesday match-up with VMI (at VMI) and then a weekend series with Wake Forest.