March 22, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The No. 3 Virginia baseball team lost its series opener, 7-1, to No. 25 Miami Saturday evening at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla. The Cavaliers (17-4, 5-2 ACC) received another quality start from Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.), but he was outdueled by Chris Diaz, who pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run baseball for Miami (13-10, 5-2).
Kirby (5-1) worked a career-high 6 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs, five hits and two walks while fanning four in taking his first loss of 2014. It marked his sixth straight quality start this season.
Diaz (5-0) pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up one run, five hits and three walks with three strikeouts to earn the win. Bryan Garcia pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to earn his sixth save.
Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.) drove in the Cavaliers' lone run as UVa was limited to five hits. Zack Collins hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning for Miami to break a 1-1 deadlock and send the Hurricanes on their way to the Game 1 win.
After Diaz and Kirby matched zeroes on the scoreboard for five innings, Virginia broke the stalemate in the sixth inning, parlaying a leadoff Kenny Towns (Jr., Burke, Va.) single into a run on a two-out Howard RBI single.
Miami came right back to score three runs in its half of the sixth. After a Tyler Palmer leadoff bunt single, Kirby uncorked back-to-back wild pitches, with Palmer then scoring on a Willie Abreu groundout to second. Brad Fieger followed with a single and Collins lined a two-run homer to right, the first home run that Kirby has surrendered this season.
UVa put runners on first and second with one out in the eighth to knock Diaz from the game. Howard then launched a drive to right-center against Garcia, but center fielder Dale Carey made a fantastic diving catch on the track to rob Howard of extra bases and UVa of a pair of runs. UVa loaded the bases but Garcia got pinch hitter Matt Thaiss (Fr., Jackson, N.J.) to pop out to left field to end threat.
Miami loaded the bases with none out in the eighth and went on to score four times to blow the game open. A Whit Mayberry (R-Sr., Alexandria, Va.) bases-loaded walk to Johnny Ruiz started the scoring, and Brandon Lopez followed with a two-run double off Austin Young (Sr., Mechanicsville, Va.). Garrett Kennedy drove in the final run with a sac fly to center.
The teams continue the series at 7 p.m. Sunday. ESPN3 will have the online video broadcast. Because of the UVa men's basketball game on Sunday night, WINA 1070-AM will not carry the baseball game. The audio broadcast only will be available through a Cavaliers Live subscription on VirginiaSports.com.
A link to live statistics will be located on VirginiaSports.com. The audio and live stats also can be accessed through the Virginia Sports app, which is available through iTunes.
Welsh Connection Adds to Bowl StorylinesFootball12/14/17Virginia (6-6) meets Navy (6-6) in the Military Bowl, Dec. 28 in Annapolis, Md. George Welsh is a former head coach of each team.Cooper Thriving Under New StaffSwimming & Diving12/12/17A senior from Atlanta and one of the team's captains, Caitlin Cooper set the UVA women's record in the 50-yard freestyle early this month in Athens, Georgia.Hazzard Aiming to Uphold Family TraditionTrack & Field, Cross Country12/11/17A freshman from Long Island, New York, Halle Hazzard is the younger sister of Payton Hazzard, who was an All-America sprinter for the Cavaliers.
Director of News Content
A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
Virginia Announces Inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame Class
Baseball | 12/7/2017
The 15-member Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame class was unveiled today by current members of the...
2018 Baseball Season Tickets on Sale Now
Baseball | 12/4/2017
The public sale of 2018 Virginia baseball season tickets begins on Monday, Dec. 4 for the...
Inaugural Hall of Fame Class to be Inducted at 2018 Step Up ...
Baseball | 11/2/2017
The Virginia Baseball program will announce its inaugural Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame class at...
Jeff White: Sousa Has Unfinished Business at UVA
Baseball | 11/3/2017
Senior left-hander Bennett Sousa, who was 3-0 with a 4.09 ERA last season, will be a key member...
Orange Wins Orange & Blue World Series
Baseball | 11/5/2017
For the third year in a row, Orange was crowned Orange and Blue World Series champions.
Two-Run, Two-Out Rally Lifts Orange to Game 5 Victory
Baseball | 10/31/2017
Orange took control of the second portion of the seven-game Orange and Blue World Series with a 5...
Inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame Class to be Unveiled Thursday
Baseball | 12/06/2017
The inaugural Virginia Baseball Hall of Fame class will be revealed on Thursday, Dec. 7.
Blue Takes First Three-Game Series with 5-0 Win in Game 3
Baseball | 10/29/2017
The Blue team captured the first three-game series based on run differential, but the Orange...
- Online Stores