'Hoos pick up crucial win in return from exams

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia got a strong start from Derek Casey and a six-run fifth inning from the middle of the lineup to help the Cavaliers return from exams break with an 8-6 win against Georgia Tech Friday night.

That win combined with Virginia Tech's 12-inning loss at home to Miami on Friday extended the Cavaliers' lead over the Hokies in the ACC standings to two games. UVA entered the weekend in control of the final spot in the conference tournament with six ACC games to play.

The game was tied 1-1 at Disharoon Park until Cayman Richardson's go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning. That was followed by a two-run triple by Andy Weber to make it 4-1, then two batters later an RBI single from Alex Tappen to make it 5-1. Cam Comer then capped the six-run outburst with his team-leading fourth home run of the season, a two-run line drive into the UVA bullpen.

Casey was the beneficiary of that big inning, pitching into the eighth inning and picking up his sixth win of the season (6-3). Both runners he left on base with one out in the eighth scored as Georgia Tech cut UVA's lead to 8-5. Casey was charged with three runs on four hits in 7 1/3 innings, with four walks and five strikeouts.

Bennett Sousa picked up his fifth save of the season for the Wahoos despite giving up Joey Bart's 13th homer of the season with two outs in the ninth. That was followed by a double by Kyle McCann to bring the tying run to the plate, but Sousa then struck out Tristin English to strand McCann at second and end the ballgame.

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