Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

March 29, 2014

Cavaliers edge Hokies on the diamond

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Virginia Cavaliers scored twice in the seventh inning to top Virginia Tech 2-1 on Friday evening in the opener of a three-game series.

Nate Irving hit the tie-breaking single to lift the Cavaliers (21-4, 8-2 ACC), ranked second nationally.

UVa’s bullpen worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings in support of starter Nathan Kirby. Whit Mayberry (2-1) earned the win, while Nick Howard claimed his seventh save in seven tries by handling the ninth.

Kirby allowed a run, four hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Virginia Tech starter Brad Markey (2-4) tossed seven strong innings, giving up two earned runs, six hits and no walks while striking out four in taking the loss.

Virginia Tech (12-10-1, 5-5) scored its lone run in the third inning when Ricky Surum singled home Tom Stoffel, who singled to lead off the inning, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by Irving.

 Virginia’s Mike Papi went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, recording half of the Cavaliers’ hits.

The Hokies threatened to extend their lead in the sixth inning, loading the bases with one out. Sean Keselica hit a slow grounder to second, but Branden Cogswell and shortstop Daniel Pinero turned a slick double play to end the inning.

Surum tripled off the wall in left-center field with two outs in the ninth, but Howard bounced back from a 2-0 count to strike out pinch hitter Andrew Mogg to end the game.

The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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