Virginia couldn't have asked for a better start to the ACC baseball season, taking game one from Duke 11-3 Saturday afternoon. From there, the Wahoos struggled against the Blue Devils, dropping both ends of a doubleheader Sunday and dropping the conference opening series.
First came game one Sunday, with the Cavaliers getting seven innings from starting pitcher Griff McGarry who allowed just two runs and none over his final five innings. But the offense only put together one inning where a run came across, dropping that game 2-1.
In game two Sunday afternoon, it was too little too late for the Wahoos. The Cavaliers fell behind 8-1 after seven innings and despite bringing the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth, fell to the Blue Devils 8-6.
"In this league, the margin for error is very, very small," said baseball coach Brian O'Connor.
The Cavaliers learned that the hard way. After Tuesday's mid-week trip to Liberty, Virginia makes the trip to Georgia Tech. Virginia hasn't lost a series to the Yellow Jackets since 2015.
"A lot of times it comes down to the little nuances of the game," O'Connor said of ACC play, "and execution and sometimes putting the ball in play and sometimes being aggressive and getting your money's worth at the plate and making the plays defensively and you get exposed pretty quickly if you don't do the solid fundamental things."