UVA sweeps series thanks to eighth inning heroics
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- No. 19 Virginia closed out the weekend with a 9-1 win over Columbia, to complete the 3 game series sweep.
Freshman pitcher Jack O'Connor made his home debut with a 6 inning shut out performance. Freshman Bradley Hodges took over in the seventh and struck out the side to keep the game scoreless, but the lefty ran into trouble in the seventh allowing three of the first four batter to reach base. That's when reliever Jay Woolfolk stepped in. With bases loaded and no out Woolfolk retired the last two batters in the top of the 8th.
UVA finally broke through in the 8th inning, taking advantage of three Columbia errors, four walks and a and a hit by pitch. All nine runs scored in the eighth were unearned. Ethan Anderson, put the exclamation point on the offensive outburst with a 3-run homer to right field to make it 9-0. This is the third time this season UVA has scored nine or more runs in a single inning.
Reliever Jay Woolfolk was credited with his first win of the season after recording the final five outs of the game. UVA now moves to a 7-0 start for the second straight year in a row. The Cavaliers host VMI on Tuesday at 3pm