October 29, 2013
When UVa baseball coach Brian O'Connor looks at his roster, he sees options. Lots of options. And that bodes well for a team that opens its 11th season under O'Connor on Feb. 14 against Kentucky at the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, N.C.
The Cavaliers have experienced many more highs than lows during O'Connor's tenure, posting a 461-161-2 record and advancing 10 times to the NCAA tournament. Twice UVa has played in the College World Series. Even by Virginia's standards, though, the 2014 season looks exceptionally promising.
November 5, 2013
The Virginia baseball team released its 2014 schedule on Tuesday (Nov. 5). The Cavaliers will play 34 home games as part of their 55-game schedule.
Virginia's schedule includes 34 contests against 15 teams that won at least 30 games a year ago, including 22 games against 10 programs that advanced to the 2013 NCAA Tournament (UNC Wilmington, William and Mary, Towson, Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, Florida State, Liberty, Georgia Tech and Miami).
Virginia Leads Nation with Five Perfect Game Preseason All-Americans
January 20, 2014
Five members of the Virginia baseball team have been named to the Perfect Game Preseason All-America Team, which was announced Monday. Virginia has the most players on the All-America team of any school in the country; Oregon State is second with three honorees on the team.
Derek Fisher (Jr., Rexmont, Pa.) and Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.) were named to the first team at outfield and utility, respectively. Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) earned a second-team nod at shortstop, while Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) and Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) also were picked to the second team at outfield and designated hitter, respectively.
Virginia Picked as Preseason ACC Baseball Favorite
January 24, 2014
Virginia has been selected as the 2014 ACC Baseball preseason favorite in a vote of the conference's 14 head coaches, announced today (Jan. 24) by the league office on the first day of official practice.
This marks the second time Virginia has been tabbed as the preseason conference favorite. UVa also was picked as the coaches' favorite in 2010; the Cavaliers went on to post the conference's top record that season.
Virginia Ranked No. 1 Nationally by Baseball America and Perfect Game
January 27, 2014
For the first time in program history, the Virginia baseball team has earned a No. 1 preseason national ranking, as Baseball America and Perfect Game each have tabbed the Cavaliers atop their polls heading into the 2014 season.
This marks the third time Virginia has earned a No. 1 national ranking. UVa also claimed the nation's top spot in the polls for 13 weeks during the 2010 season and 12 weeks in 2011.
No. 1 Baseball Drops Season Opener to Kentucky, 8-3
February 14, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team opened the 2014 season Friday afternoon with an 8-3 loss to Kentucky in the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, N.C. UK used a four-run fourth inning to rally from an early deficit in earning the season-opening victory.
The Cavaliers had baserunners in every inning but were limited to five hits while leaving 11 runners on base, including six in scoring position. UVa was 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
No. 1 Baseball Blows Out VMI, 12-0
February 15, 2014
Led by six shutout innings from starting pitcher Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.), the top-ranked Virginia baseball team blanked VMI, 12-0, on a windy Saturday afternoon in the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, N.C. The game was played in consistent high winds of 25 mph, with gusts up to 35 mph.
Kirby (1-0) worked a career-long six innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out seven, also a career high, as just two balls left the infield against him.
No. 1 Cavaliers Earn 7-2 Win at UNC Wilmington
February 16, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team led from start to finish in a 7-2 road win over UNC Wilmington Sunday afternoon in front of a Brooks Field record crowd of 3,826. The game was the Cavaliers' final contest in the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, N.C. UVa starting pitcher Josh Sborz (So., McLean, Va.) worked six hitless innings in a dominating performance for Virginia (2-1).
After dropping the opening game of the weekend to Kentucky, UVa bounced back with a vengeance, outscoring its opponents 19-2 while the pitching staff surrendered just nine hits.
No. 1 Baseball Cruises to 17-2 Win at William & Mary
February 19, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team piled up 19 hits in a resounding 17-2 victory over William and Mary Wednesday evening at Plumeri Park in Williamsburg, Va. The Cavaliers (3-1) scored six runs in the second inning and blew the game open with a nine-run sixth inning.
Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs to highlight Virginia's offensive explosion. Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) homered as part of a three-hit night, while freshman Daniel Pinero (Toronto, Ontario) also recorded three hits. Eight Cavaliers had multiple-hit games.
No. 1 Baseball Finishes Sweep of East Carolina With 6-2 Win
February 23, 2014
The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team finished off a series sweep of East Carolina with a 6-2 victory Sunday afternoon in front of 3,592 fans at Davenport Field. In winning its sixth-consecutive game, Virginia (6-1) once again used timely hitting and strong pitching and defense to pick up the victory, as the Cavaliers surrendered just four runs in the weekend series.
No. 1 Baseball Falls to VMI, 3-2
February 25, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team managed just six hits in a 3-2 loss to VMI Tuesday afternoon at Davenport Field. Virginia (6-2) had its six-game win streak halted, while VMI (5-2) won its fifth-consecutive contest and snapped a 14-game losing streak in Charlottesville, dating back to March 7, 1991.
Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) and Derek Fisher (Jr., Rexmont, Pa.) each had a pair of hits for the Cavaliers. Papi hit a solo home run in the third inning and scored both UVa runs. Brandon Angus went 3-for-4 for the Keydets.
No. 1 Baseball Takes DH Against Monmouth to Sweep Series
March 2, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team took both ends of a doubleheader against Monmouth Sunday afternoon at a soggy Davenport Field. The Cavaliers won game one, 5-3, before capturing the nightcap, 6-2, in a game that was called after 5 1/2 innings because of rain. With the series sweep, Virginia improved to 9-2 on the season.
Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the doubleheader, while Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) had two hits and three RBI for the day. Steve Wilgus recorded six hits in the doubleheader for Monmouth (1-5).
No. 1 Cavaliers Take Series at Duke With 2-1 Sunday Win
March 9, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team earned a 2-1 win over Duke Sunday afternoon at Jack Coombs Field in Durham, N.C. The Cavaliers (11-3, 2-1 ACC) took two of three games in the series and have won 13 of their last 15 ACC weekend series, dating to 2012.
Virginia also won its sixth straight series against the Blue Devils (8-7, 1-2).
Pitching and defense ruled the weekend as the teams combined for just 13 runs and 29 hits in the series. Duke out-hit Virginia 6-5 Sunday.
No. 3 Baseball Rolls to 13-2 Win Over James Madison
March 11, 2014
The No. 3-ranked Virginia baseball team racked up 16 hits while riding another strong pitching effort to a 13-2 victory over James Madison Tuesday in front of 3,112 fans at Davenport Field. Virginia broke a 1-1 deadlock with an eight-run third inning, and five Virginia pitchers combined to scatter six hits as UVa (12-3) cruised to the win.
The top third of UVa's starting batting order had a big day, as Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and Daniel Pinero (Fr., Toronto, Ontario) each went 3-for-4, while Mike Papi(Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) homered twice and drove in three runs.
No. 3 Virginia Uses Two Walk-Offs to Sweep Boston College
March 15, 2014
The third-ranked Virginia baseball team finished off a three-game series sweep of Boston College Saturday after taking both games of a doubleheader against the Eagles. The Cavaliers (15-3, 5-1 ACC) won the opener, 3-2 in 12 innings, before walking off in the nightcap with a 2-1 triumph.
Virginia won the opener on a Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.) walk-off single to score Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.), and took the second game when a Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) grounder was muffed with the bases loaded and none out, allowing John La Prise(So., Exton, Pa.) to slide home safely.
March 19, 2014
The No. 3-ranked Virginia baseball team used a four-run third inning to overcome a 3-0 deficit as the Cavaliers registered a 5-3 triumph over the visiting Towson Tigers (9-7) at Davenport Field on Wednesday afternoon. Nick Howard's two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning gave UVa (16-3) the lead for good, and later junior picked up his fifth save on the mound.
No. 3 UVa Collects 15 Hits in Midweek Win Over Princeton
March 20, 2014
The No. 3-ranked Virginia baseball team clubbed 15 hits in the Cavaliers' 14-4 win over the visiting Princeton Tigers (3-9) at Davenport Field on Thursday afternoon. Robbie Coman and Nick Howard each drove in four runs in a game that was an addition to UVa's (17-3) schedule after Tuesday's contest with Rutgers was canceled due to inclement weather.
No. 3 Baseball Rallies for 8-3 Win at No. 25 Miami in 11 Innings
March 24, 2014
The No. 3 Virginia baseball team scored six runs in the 11th inning in an 8-3 victory over No. 25 Miami Sunday night at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla. The Cavaliers (18-4, 6-2 ACC) evened the series with the Hurricanes (13-11, 5-3) at a game apiece; the rubber game is slated for 7 p.m. Monday and will be televised by ESPNU.
Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) racked up his first career four-hit game, going 4-for-7, while Brandon Downes(Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) added three hits, including a home run. Every UVa starter recorded at least one hit as the Cavaliers piled up 16 hits.
No. 2 Baseball Takes Series at Miami With 5-3 Win
March 24, 2014
Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.) hit the go-ahead, two-run single with one out in the ninth inning to propel the second-ranked Virginia baseball team to a 5-3 triumph at Miami Monday evening at Alex Rodriguez Park in Coral Gables, Fla. The Cavaliers (19-4, 7-2 ACC) claimed the series, two games to one, and have won all six of their weekend series this season.
In rallying from 3-0 deficit, Virginia also earned its fifth straight series win against the Hurricanes (13-12, 5-4).
No. 2 Virginia Knocks Off Longwood, 8-1
March 26, 2014
The second-ranked Virginia baseball team defeated Longwood, 8-1, on Wednesday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers improved to 20-4 on the season, while Longwood dropped to 12-14.
Alec Bettinger (Fr., Woodbridge, Va.) started and pitched five scoreless innings for Virginia as he improved to 2-0 on the year. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out a pair. Bettinger and four relievers combined to limit the Lancers to six hits as UVa came within a strike of a shutout.
No. 2 Virginia Clinches Series With Virginia Tech, 9-2
March 29, 2014
The second-ranked Virginia baseball team pounded Virginia Tech, 9-2, Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (22-4, 9-2 ACC) have taken the first two games of the series, clinching their fourth straight ACC series win of the year as well as their eighth consecutive ACC home series, dating to 2012.
Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) had a big day at the plate for Virginia, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and falling a triple shy of the cycle.
No. 1 Virginia Takes Down Old Dominion, 7-1
April 1, 2014
The Virginia baseball team defeated Old Dominion, 7-1, Tuesday at Davenport Field. Ranked as high as No. 1 nationally in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week, Virginia (24-4) scored its seventh straight victory after exploding for seven runs in the sixth inning in what was a scoreless game.
Virginia freshman starting pitcher Alec Bettinger (Woodbridge, Va.) was outstanding, working a career-high six innings and allowing just three hits and two walks. Bettinger (3-0) struck out a pair as he won his third straight start. He combined with Austin Young (Sr., Mechanicsville, Va.) and Kevin Doherty (So., Laytonsville, Md.) to scatter six hits.
No. 1 Virginia Blanks George Washington, 10-0
April 2, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team rolled to a 10-0 victory over George Washington Wednesday at Davenport Field. Virginia (25-4) recorded its eighth straight victory as well as its 15th consecutive win at Davenport Field. George Washington drops to 7-18 with the loss.
Every Virginia starter scored at least one run. Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) tied a career high with four hits, going 4-for-5 a day after racking up three hits against Old Dominion. Kenny Towns (Jr., Burke, Va.) picked up a pair of doubles as well as two RBI, while John La Prise (So., Exton, Pa.) also recorded two hits.
No Hitter! Nathan Kirby No-Hits Pitt in 4-0 Cavaliers' Win
April 5, 2014
Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.) threw a no-hitter in the No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team's 4-0 victory at Pittsburgh Friday evening at Charles Cost Field. Kirby struck out 18 batters, one off the school and ACC single-game record, in UVa's first no-hitter since 2011. Virginia (26-4, 11-2 ACC) extended its winning streak to nine games with the momentous victory.
No. 1 Virginia Blanks Pitt 3-0 to Clinch Series Win
April 6, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team earned a series win over Pittsburgh with a 3-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Charles L. Cost Field in Pittsburgh. Virginia (27-5, 12-3 ACC) allowed just two runs in the series in taking two of three games as it captured its eighth straight series win of the year.
Nathan Kirby Named National Player of the Week
April 7, 2014
Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.) has been named one of Collegiate Baseball's National Players of the Week following his no-hitter on Friday night at Pittsburgh. He is the first Cavalier to earn national player of the week honors since Brandon Waddell was named one of Collegiate Baseball's six national players of the week on Feb. 25, 2013. Kirby also was tabbed as the ACC Pitcher of the Week.
Kirby struck out 18 batters, one off the school and ACC single-game record, in UVa's first no-hitter since 2011. The complete-game effort marked the first time Kirby has pitched longer than 6 2/3 innings in his career.
No. 2 Virginia Defeats James Madison, 9-3
April 8, 2014
The second-ranked Virginia baseball team cruised to a 9-3 win at James Madison Tuesday evening in front of a capacity crowd of 1,632 at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park. Four UVa pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Cavaliers improved to 28-5 on the season. UVa has allowed 10 hits over the last four games.
Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI to lead the Virginia offense, which finished with 14 hits. John La Prise (So., Exton, Pa.) was 3-for-3 and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances, while Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) homered and drove in four runs.
No. 2 Virginia Tops No. 14 Clemson 1-0 to Earn Series Win
April 13, 2014
The second-ranked Virginia baseball team blanked No. 14 Clemson, 1-0, Sunday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (30-6, 14-4 ACC) now have won all nine of their weekend series this year, including six in ACC play. Virginia has won eight straight conference series, dating to 2013, and nine straight home ACC series, dating to 2012.
The Sunday attendance of 4,840 lifted the three-game series total to 13,947, breaking the school's series record. The previous high was 13,890, set last year against Florida State.
No. 1 Virginia Cruises Past William & Mary, 11-2
April 16, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team dispensed of William & Mary, 11-2, Wednesday evening at Davenport Field. Virginia (31-6) scored in all but one inning while limiting the nation's No. 1 scoring offense to a season-low four hits.
Virginia starting pitcher Artie Lewicki (Sr., Wyckoff, N.J.) worked five innings of one-hit baseball to earn the win. Lewicki (3-0) walked two and struck out a career-high eight batters. William & Mary (22-14) entered the game averaging an NCAA-best 9.5 runs per game while boasting a .335 team batting average, which is second nationally.
No. 1 Virginia Clinches Series with 3-1 Win over North Carolina
April 19, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team clinched its 10th straight winning weekend of the 2014 season with a 3-1 triumph over North Carolina Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 5,025 at Davenport Field. Virginia (33-6, 16-4 ACC) has won all seven of its ACC series this year and captured 10 straight ACC series in Charlottesville since a 2012 series sweep at home to UNC.
The Cavaliers used opportunistic hitting, combined with solid pitching and defense, to pick up the win Saturday. UVa finished with just three hits, but one was a two-run home run from Kenny Towns (Jr., Burke, Va.). North Carolina (22-17, 9-11) finished with 10 hits - all in the first six innings - but left nine runners on base.
No. 1 Virginia Falls in Series Finale to North Carolina, 4-2
April 20, 2014
North Carolina avoided a series sweep with a 4-2 victory over the top-ranked Virginia baseball team Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. The game drew 4,681 fans, with the series bringing in 14,282 spectators, a program record for a three-game series, topping the total from the Clemson series last weekend.
Despite the loss Sunday, Virginia (33-7, 16-5 ACC) won the series and has claimed all seven of its ACC series this year. Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) and John La Prise (So., Exton, Pa.) each drove in runs for the Cavaliers.
No. 1 Virginia Holds Off VCU, 5-4 in 10 Innings
April 23, 2014
Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) launched a home run on the first pitch of the 10th inning to lift the No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team to a 5-4 win over VCU Tuesday evening in front of 3,756 fans at The Diamond in Richmond, Va. Virginia (34-7) improved to 10-3 in one-run games with the victory.
Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) and Derek Fisher (Jr., Rexmont, Pa.) each homered for the Cavaliers, marking the first opposing home runs hit at The Diamond against VCU (28-10) this year. Both had two hits, while UVa finished 11 hits.
No. 1 Virginia Bashes Richmond, 13-0
April 23, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team cranked four home runs in a 13-0 defeat of Richmond Wednesday evening at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (35-7) finished with 13 hits while four Cavalier pitchers combined on a two-hitter in UVa's seventh shutout of the season.
Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) led the offensive onslaught, going 2-for-3 with a grand slam and career-high five RBI. Robbie Coman (So., Lake Worth, Fla.), Derek Fisher (Jr., Rexmont, Pa.) and Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) also homered for Virginia, which had four different players homer in the same game for the first time since April 5, 2005. Papi also scored three runs.
No. 1 Virginia Takes Series with 4-3 Win at No. 4 Florida State
April 27, 2014
The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team earned another ACC series win with a 4-3 victory at No. 4 Florida State Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. The Cavaliers (37-8, 18-6) took two of three games in the series to notch their 10th straight ACC series win, dating to 2013.
Virginia also handed Florida State (33-11, 17-7 ACC) its first home ACC series defeat since May 2011 against Clemson, snapping a streak of 13 straight home ACC series victories for the Seminoles. UVa won just its second series ever in Tallahassee (2010).
No. 1 Virginia Falls 8-1 at Old Dominion
April 29, 2014
The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team fell 8-1 to Old Dominion Tuesday evening in blustery conditions at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Va. Virginia (37-9) was ranked No. 2 nationally with a .985 fielding percentage coming into the game but committed a season-high four errors. UVa finished with just four hits in the game, which was played in a steady mist and winds blowing straight in at up to 30 mph.
Virginia starting pitcher Artie Lewicki (Sr., Wyckoff, N.J.) worked six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) and five hits. Lewicki (3-1) did not walk a batter and struck out six in taking the loss.
Nathan Kirby Accepts Invitation to Play for Team USA
May 6, 2014
Virginia sophomore left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.) has accepted an invitation from USA Baseball to play for the 2014 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team this summer.
Kirby is the eighth Virginia Baseball player to earn the chance to compete for the Collegiate National Team and the first since Branden Kline in 2011.
No. 1 Virginia Claims 8-2 Win Over No. 22 Liberty
May 7, 2014
Behind seven innings of shutout, one-hit work from starting pitcher Artie Lewicki (Sr., Wyckoff, N.J.), the No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team rolled to an 8-2 win over No. 22 Liberty Wednesday evening at Davenport Field. In the Cavaliers' first game back after seven days off for final exams, the game drew 4,354 fans, a UVa record for a home midweek contest.
No. 1 Cavaliers Finish Sweep of Georgia Tech with 3-1 Win
May 11, 2014
The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team completed a three-game series sweep of Georgia Tech with a 3-1 victory Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Davenport Field. In earning its first sweep over Georgia Tech (29-23, 14-16 ACC) since 2005, Virginia (41-9, 21-6) now has won all nine ACC series this year.
Prior to the game, Virginia recognized its three graduating seniors, Artie Lewicki (Wyckoff, N.J.), Whit Mayberry (Alexandria, Va.) and Austin Young (Mechanicsville, Va.) as well as student manager Taylor Myers (Powhatan, Va).
No. 1 Virginia Rolls to 12-3 Win Over VCU
May 13, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team wrapped up its 2014 regular-season home schedule with a 12-3 victory over VCU Tuesday evening in front of 3,775 fans at Davenport Field. Virginia (42-9) finished the regular season with a 29-3 home record while drawing a program-record 115,340 fans, an average of 3,604 per game.
Virginia finished with 14 hits and batted around in the first and seventh innings. John La Prise (So., Exton, Pa.) went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI while Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) and Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) each were 2-for-4 with two RBI.
No. 1 Virginia Falls 4-3 to Wake Forest in Series Finale
May 17, 2014
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team lost its regular-season finale, 4-3, to Wake Forest Saturday at Wake Forest Baseball Park. Virginia (43-11, 22-8 ACC) dropped the series, two games to one, marking the Cavaliers' first series loss of the year and snapping a streak of 11 straight ACC series wins, dating to the 2013 season.
Virginia finished second in the ACC Coastal Division standings. The Cavaliers will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming ACC Baseball Championship, which begins Tuesday at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, N.C. Wake Forest (30-25, 15-15) clinched the No. 8 seed in the tournament. Brackets and game times for the tournament will be announced Sunday.
Kirby Named ACC Co-Pitcher of Year, O'Connor ACC Coach of Year
May 19, 2014
Highlighted by ACC Co-Pitcher of the Year Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.), a league-high eight members of the Virginia baseball team were named to the 2014 All-ACC Team, announced Monday by the conference office. In addition, Virginia head coach Brian O'Connor was tabbed the ACC Coach of the Year for the fifth time while earning the distinction for the fourth time in the last five years.
A league-high five Cavaliers were named to the All-ACC First Team: Kirby, Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.), Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.), Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) and Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.). Nate Irving (Jr., Yonkers, N.Y.), Daniel Pinero (Fr., Toronto, Ontario) and Brandon Waddell (So., Houston, Texas) were named to the All-ACC Third Team.
Virginia Loses 6-4 to Florida State in ACC Tournament
May 25, 2014
The Virginia baseball team concluded the 2014 ACC Baseball Championship with a loss to Florida State Saturday evening at NewBridge Bank Park in Greensboro, North Carolina. Seeded third in the field, Virginia (44-13) squandered a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning as the second-seeded Seminoles (43-15) scored four times in the inning to rally for the win.
Brandon Downes (Jr., South Plainfield, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run for the Cavaliers, while Daniel Pinero (Fr., Toronto, Ontario) and Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) each added a pair of hits.
Virginia Earns No. 3 National Seed in NCAA Tournament
May 26, 2014
The Virginia baseball team will open the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship at 2 p.m. Friday when it plays Bucknell in the NCAA Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field. Virginia (44-13) is the No. 3 national seed in the tournament field and will serve as the top seed in the regional. UVa is a national seed for the fourth time in program history - all within the last five years (No. 5 in 2010, No. 1 in 2011, No. 6 in 2013).
Following the UVa-Bucknell game Friday, Arkansas and Liberty will play at 7 p.m.
Kirby, Howard Named to Louisville Slugger All-America Team
May 29, 2014
Virginia's Nathan Kirby (So., Midlothian, Va.) and Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.) were named to the 2014 Louisville Slugger All-America Team, announced Thursday by Collegiate Baseball. Kirby was a first-team selection, while Howard was a third-team pick.
The ACC Co-Pitcher of the Year and a First-Team All-ACC honoree, Kirby is the sixth Cavalier to earn a spot on the first team of Louisville Slugger's All-America Team and the first since Danny Hultzen in 2011. Kirby is 8-1 with an ACC-low 1.48 earned run average in 91 1/3 innings this season. He also leads the league in opponent batting average (.180), ranks third in wins (8) and fifth in strikeouts (93).
Virginia Opens NCAA Tournament with a 10-1 Win Over Bucknell
May 30, 2014
The Virginia baseball team opened the 2014 NCAA Tournament with a 10-1 victory over Bucknell in the Charlottesville Regional Friday (May 30) at Davenport Field.
The Cavaliers (45-13) play the winner of tonight's Arkansas (38-23) and Liberty (41-16) contest on Saturday (May 31) at 8 p.m. Bucknell (30-20-1) plays the loser of Arkansas/Liberty tomorrow in an elimination game at 2 p.m.
The Cavaliers scored one run in each of the first three innings, bursting open the 3-0 contest with a seven-run sixth inning. Bucknell committed four errors in the game, leading to nine unearned runs for Virginia.
Virginia Shuts Out Arkansas 3-0 in NCAA Regional
May 31, 2014
Sophomore left-hander Nathan Kirby (Midlothian, Va.) allowed one hit over eight innings and junior first baseman Mike Papi(Tunkhannock, Pa.) hit a two-run home run to lead Virginia to a 3-0 win over Arkansas in second-day action on Saturday (May 31) at the 2014 NCAA Tournament's Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field.
Virginia Beats Arkansas 9-2 to Advance to NCAA Super Regional
June 1, 2014
The Virginia baseball team advanced to the Super Regional for the fifth time in the last six seasons after defeating Arkansas 9-2 on Sunday (June 1) at the 2014 NCAA Tournament's Charlottesville Regional at Davenport Field.
Virginia (47-13) will host Maryland (39-21) in a three-game Super Regional next weekend in Charlottesville. The game dates and times for the series will be announced on Monday at approximately 11 p.m. after the completion of all regional competitions.
Cavaliers Drop Game 1 of NCAA Super Regional to Maryland, 5-4
June 7, 2014
The Virginia baseball team dropped Game 1 of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional to Maryland 5-4 Saturday at Davenport Field. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is scheduled for noon Sunday and will be televised by ESPN2.
Maryland is returning 75 tickets out of its allotment for Sunday. The seats will be located in the first base line bleachers and will be available to be purchased at the Davenport Field/Klockner Stadium ticket booth starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. The tickets are $16 each.
Cavaliers Down Maryland 7-3 to Even Charlottesville Super Regional
June 8, 2014
The Virginia baseball team forced a decisive Game 3 of the Charlottesville Super Regional, downing Maryland 7-3 in Game 2 Sunday afternoon at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (48-14) rallied to even the series after the Terrapins (40-22) won Game 1 on Saturday, 5-4. The teams will meet Monday for a berth in the 2014 College World Series.
Game 3 of the Super Regional will begin at 7 p.m. Monday. ESPNU will carry the national television broadcast.
Virginia Advances to College World Series with 11-2 Win Over Maryland
June 9, 2014
The Virginia baseball team advanced to the 2014 NCAA College World Series with an 11-2 victory over Maryland in the decisive Game 3 of the Charlottesville Super Regional, Monday night at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (49-14) advance to the third College World Series in school history, all in the past six years (2009, 2011).
Virginia will open play in College World Series on Sunday against Mississippi, who won the Lafayette Super Regional in three games over Louisiana-Lafayette. Game time will be 8 p.m. ET and it will air on ESPN2. The third-seeded Cavaliers are the highest seed to advance to Omaha.
Virginia Walks Off with 2-1 CWS Win over Ole Miss
June 16, 2014
Junior first baseman Mike Papi's (Tunkhannock, Pa.) two-out double to right-center field in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Virginia baseball team (50-14) to a 2-1 victory over Ole Miss (46-20) in the first round of the 2014 Men's College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park.
Virginia will play TCU Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET in a winners' bracket game. The Horned Frogs rallied for a 3-2 win over Texas Tech on Sunday.
Virginia Downs TCU 3-2 in One of Longest Games in CWS History
June 18, 2014
The Virginia baseball team (51-14) outlasted TCU (48-17) to earn a 3-2 victory in a marathon 15-inning game on Tuesday (June 17) at the 2014 Men's College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Junior catcher Nate Irving (Yonkers, N.Y.) smashed a ground-rule double to lead off the bottom of the 15th inning. Junior pinch runner Thomas Woodruff (Clifton, Va.) scored the winning run for the second-straight game, scoring from third base on a one-out sacrifice fly from freshman shortstop Daniel Pinero(Toronto, Ontario).
Virginia Baseball Advances to CWS Finals
June 21, 2014
For the first time in program history, the Virginia baseball team has advanced to the Finals of the Men's College World Series after defeating Ole Miss, 4-1, Saturday in a rain-delayed game that spanned two days at TD Ameritrade Park.
The Cavaliers (52-14) will face the winner of tonight's Vanderbilt-Texas game in the best-of-three finals of the College World Series. Game one will be on Monday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN.
Virginia Falls to Vanderbilt in First Game of CWS Finals, 9-8
June 24, 2014
A nine-run third inning propelled Vanderbilt (50-20) to a 9-8 victory over the Virginia baseball team (52-15) in the first game of the Men's College World Series Finals on Monday (June 23) at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.(read more)
Virginia Baseball Will Play for National Championship on Wednesday
June 25, 2014
The Virginia baseball team evened its best-of-three series against Vanderbilt with a 7-2 victory in Game Two of the 2014 Men's College World Series Finals on Tuesday (June 24) at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The Cavaliers (53-15) and Commodores (50-21) will play for the national championship on Wednesday (June 25) at 8 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on ESPN. Both teams are vying for their first national title.