RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia picked up its 10th straight midweek, non-conference win Tuesday night. Now the Cavaliers won't play again for 10 days because of final exams.
Four UVA pitchers combined on a five-hitter -- and took a shutout into the ninth inning -- and the Cavaliers got timely RBI hits in the second, third and sixth innings to beat VCU 3-2 Tuesday night at the Diamond. With the win, the Wahoos head into their exams break at 27-20. They'll return from the layoff for a three-game ACC series against Louisville, starting May 10.
Devin Ortiz (4-0) picked up the win for the Wahoos after throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Zach Messinger, who pitched into the fourth. Ortiz gave up just two hits and struck out three, and didn't surrender a walk.
After Andrew Abbott retired all four batters he faced in the eighth and ninth innings, Kyle Whitten took over with the Wahoos leading 3-0 and two outs away from the shutout. Whitten gave up two of VCU's five hits -- including a two-run home run into the wind by Liam Hibbits that cut the UVA lead to a single run -- before retiring the final two batters to pick up his ninth save.
Jack Weiller got the Wahoos on the board with an RBI single off Miller School graduate Connor Gillispie (3-1) in the second inning. Brendan Rivoli followed with an RBI single off Gillispie in the third. Nate Eikhoff capped the Cavaliers' scoring with an RBI single in the sixth.
Gillispie was charged with the loss after giving up those two runs on five hits in four innings of work.