'Hoos win home finale on late Richardson hit

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Cayman Richardson's two-out single in the eighth inning put Virginia back in front for good, as the Cavaliers beat VCU 8-7 Tuesday night in the final game this season at Disharoon Park.

The Wahoos were out-hit 12-11 and let a four-run lead get away in the eighth inning. But Richardson's single scored Logan Michaels, who kept the inning alive when he reached on a two-out throwing error by VCU shortstop Paul Witt. With the win, UVA (30-21) hit the 30-win plateau for the 15th time in 16 seasons under head coach Brian O'Connor.

UVA used six pitchers on the night. Kyle Whitten (2-1) picked up the win, but gave up three runs on five hits in that eighth inning to blow his first save of the year. Fifth-year senior left-hander RIley Wilson got the final three outs to record his first career save in his final game at home. Sophomore Devin Ortiz threw 2 2/3 scoreless, with three strikeouts and just two hits allowed, to lower his ERA on the season to 2.05.

VCU got out to an early 2-0 lead on a two-run home run by Liam Hibbits off UVA starter Paul Kosanovich in the top of the first. It was 3-2 Rams in the sixth until Cam Simmons put UVA in front with a two-run single with the bases loaded. The Wahoos added two more in that inning on a sacrifice fly by Nate Eikhoff and another error by Witt at shortstop, then got an RBI singe from Brendan Rivoli to extend the lead to 7-3 in the seventh.



 
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