UVA evens series against Duke
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- After falling in game one to the Blue Devils UVA evened the series against Duke behind a career effort from Nick Parker on the mound. Parker threw a career high 12 Ks, becoming just the 6th ACC pitcher this year to retire 12 batters in a single game.
It was a pitchers duel through the first three innings as both teams combined for just one hit. Alex Stone finally broke though with a with a solo homer to lead-off the fourth inning. UVA would tie it up in the bottom half with an RBI groundout from Teel and then took the lead in the fifth off a RBI ground out from Ethan O'Donnell. The lead was short lived though as Duke shot off another solo home run.
UVA saw opportunity in the bottom of the sixth as they knocked off three runs. Anthony Stephan gave the Cavaliers the lead for good with a go-ahead RBI double down the left field line. Later, Henry Godbout scored on a wild pitch, while Harrison Didawick capped the three-run sixth inning rally with an RBI single up the middle, giving UVA a 5-2 advantage.
UVA tacked on three more runs in the seventh on three-straight run-scoring hits off the bat of Teel, Anderson and Casey Saucke. With two outs in the eighth, Teel drove in his third and fourth runs of the game with an RBI double down the left field line.
After Nick Parker exited to a standing ovation Kevin Jaxel finished off the sixth inning, leaving two runners stranded. Jake Berry pitched the final two innings allowing just one base runner.
UVA and Duke meet for game 3 of the series Sunday at 1pm.