Durham, N.C. - - Mike Ballard held Duke to three runs in eight innings and No. 18 Virginia exploded for six runs in the top of the eighth as the Cavaliers defeated the Blue Devils, 11-3, Sunday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field to take the Atlantic Coast Conference series. Greg Miclat led the Cavaliers (27-9, 8-7 ACC) at the plate going 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.
"Our guys did a good job this weekend of bouncing back. We played really good defense today. Mike went out and gave us a solid performance while our hitters stayed aggressive at the plate," UVa head coach Brian O'Connor said. "That's what we have to do to win series on the road in the ACC."
Tom Hagan and Patrick Wingfield each went 2-for-5 for the Hoos. Tim Henry was 1-for-3 with two RBIs while David Adams finished 1-for-5 with three RBIs. Ryan Hudson added one hit for the Cavaliers who finished with 10 hits in the game. Ballard (5-2) added four strikeouts in picking up his fifth win of the season. Andrew Carraway tossed the final inning for Virginia.
Adams' three-run home run highlighted a six-run eighth inning for the Cavaliers. UVa pushed its lead to 6-3 in the top when Hagan singled to left field and scored on a Duke error. Miclat scored on Duke's second error of the inning putting the Cavs up, 7-3. Brandon Marsh's sacrifice fly scored Wingfield for UVa's eighth run. Adams then hit his fifth home run of the season putting the Cavaliers ahead, 11-3.
Miclat's second RBI single of the game put the Cavaliers ahead, 4-3, in the top of the sixth. Henry followed with an RBI single up the middle for a 5-3 Virginia lead.
Tim Henry's sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth put UVa ahead, 3-2. Duke tied the game, 3-3, when Jonathan Nicolla singled in Javier Socorro.
The Cavaliers answered with a run of their own in the top of the second. Tom Hagan doubled to left center and scored on Greg Miclat's single up the middle pulling UVa within, 2-1. A pair of Duke errors led to Virginia's second run. Brandon Marsh reached on a two-base error by the first baseman. He later scored on error by the shortstop tying the game, 2-2.
Duke jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Jimmy Gallagher led off with a double down the right field line. Nate Frieman's RBI single to left field scoring Gallagher for the Blue Devils' first run. Frieman made it 2-0 when he scored on Javier Socorro's ground out.
Virginia will open a five-game homestand when the Hoos host Longwood at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
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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.
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