The Cavaliers regained control of the state baseball scene on Saturday after taking the first two games of the series with the Hokies to secure the series victory. Sunday was just icing on the cake we all wanted to devour. Who doesn't enjoy a series sweep? Better yet, who doesn't enjoy a series sweep against VPISU? This guy certainly does.
2nd year Brandon Waddell started for the Hoos and didn't have dominating stuff, but had enough to keep the Cavaliers in the rain-soaked game. He went 6.1 innings and only surrendered three earned runs on five strikeouts to run his season ERA to 3.76. Not surprising, Whit Mayberry had a day off on Saturday so he was more than due to come in and pitch. In the 7th, he came in with one out and gave up a run and the lead. Fortunately for Whit, he was able to snake a victory when the offense put four more runs on the board in the bottom half of the 7th to take a 7-4 lead. Nick Howard came in and close it out as he done nearly all year to notch his ACC leading 8th save.
The offense put up three runs over the first three innings and appeared to be cruising to a 10th ACC victory until the Hokies made it a game in the 7th. Luckily Mike Papi is a Virginia Cavalier and comes through in clutch situations. Papi lined one of his two hits to score Brandon Cogswell and tie the game up. After that, the Hoos would go on to score three more runs and send ten men to the plate the entire inning.
With the sweep of the Hokies, the Cavaliers maintain their two (really three thanks to the tiebreaker) game lead over Miami in the Coastal Division and stay up with FSU for the overall conference lead. In the weekly rankings, the Hoos will maintain their #2 and #3 rankings due to South Carolina and Florida State sweeps.
The boys will return to the field on Tuesday against Old Dominion (16-11, 6-6) and George Washington (7-16, 1-5) before traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers for the first time since 1981.