Tappen helps UVA close out non-conference play with win over Longwood
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Fifth-year Alex Tappen recorded four RBI to help No. 12 Virginia close out Longwood with an 8-3 win in their final non-conference game of the regular season.
The Cavaliers picked up win No. 35 on the season and finish out of conference play at 21-2 with only one loss at coming at Disharoon Park.
Coming off the week long finals break, Jake Gelof got UVA off to a quick start with an RBI-single in the first inning, his 68th run produced this season. Freshman Ethan Anderson added to the lead in the bottom of the second with an RBI-triple off the right field wall, his first career triple, before scoring later to extend the lead to 3-0.
Longwood rallied to tie the game up at 3-3 until the sixth inning when Griff O'Ferrall scored Anderson on a fielder's choice. Tappen would add an insurance run later in the inning on an RBI-single to right field to give the Cavaliers a 5-3 lead. The fifth-year senior was not done though in the eighth inning Tappen hit a three-run home run disappearing into the night sky, bringing his totals to 13 home runs and 65 RBI on the year.
Virginia also received a solid outing from the bullpen with Matthew Buchanan, Dylan Bowers, Will Geerdes, Jay Woolfolk and Alex Greene combining for one run allowed in seven innings and 11 strikeouts, while Bowers picked up his first win of the season.
The Cavaliers close out their home schedule this weekend with a three-game series against Clemson with game one set for Friday, May 13 at 6 p.m.