UVA explodes for record 15 runs to blow past Georgia Tech
DURHAM, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia entered this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Championship as the Coastal Division champion, one projected by many as a top-eight seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
The second-seeded Cavaliers more than looked the part Wednesday afternoon.
Virginia exploded for eight runs in the top of the fifth and went on to rout No. 11 seed Georgia Tech 15-1 in the day’s second game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The game was halted after seven innings in accordance with the tournament’s “10-run rule.”
The Cavaliers (45-11) will now face seventh-seeded and defending ACC champion North Carolina (34-21) in Thursday’s 3 p.m. Pool B game. The winner of that contest will advance to Saturday’s semifinals. Virginia has won the ACC Baseball Championship three times: 1996, 2009 and 2011.
Virginia’s 15 runs were its most ever in an ACC tournament game, topping its previous high of 14 on two previous occasions (1990 versus NC State and 2021 versus Notre Dame).
Georgia Tech (30-27) suffered its fourth loss to the Cavaliers in less than a week following Virginia’s three-game series sweep last Thursday-Saturday that closed out the regular season.
Ethan O’Donnell went 3-for-5 at the plate, including a three-run homer to cap Virginia’s big fifth inning. ACC Player of the Year Kyle Teel finished 3-for-4, including his 12th home run of the year and his 24th double to establish a school single-season record.
Teel just missed a shot at the cycle when his sharp grounder down the right-field line in the fifth inning that had a chance of rattling around in triple territory was ruled just foul.
Ethan Anderson also homered for the Cavaliers, and Casey Saucke was 3-for-5 with two RBI.
Nick Parker (7-0) pitched the full seven innings to pick up the win for Virginia, yielding four hits while walking just one batter and striking out five. He became the first Cavalier to go the distance on the mound in an ACC Championship game since Josh Sborz’s near-perfect seven-inning “run rule” game versus Georgia Tech in the 2015 tournament opener.
Angelo Dispigna broke up Parker’s bid for a shutout with a one-out home run – his 16th of the season – with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
Aeden Finateri (2-4) worked the first 4.2 innings for Georgia Tech and took the loss.