After Friday and Saturday night's cruising 5-1 and 4-1 victories, it looked like the Hoos might sweep the weekend with relative ease. Cornell had other ideas Sunday morning.
The Big Red drew blood first in the first inning thanks to a leadoff double followed up by a fielding error. The base runners allowed Brandon Waddell to trade out the run by inducing a double play, but Cornell had the lead.
Jack Roberts took over for Waddell in the 5th and proceeded to do exactly what he has been told not to do: walk the first batter. The following batter singled and a wild pitch two batters later gave Cornell their second run of the afternoon and a 2-0 lead. By that time, the Hoos had 3 hits, but nothing to show for them.
Luckily, the offense never gave in. While still trailing 2-0 entering the 8th, the offense came alive. Ernie Clement lead off and was able to reach via a fielding error. Pavin Smith followed with a double, his fourth hit of the game, and scored Clement, cutting the lead. When all hope was virtually lost with two outs, Danny Pinero came through with a single scoring Smith and tying the game. Christian Lowry followed up with the biggest hit of his young Cavalier career, singling and scoring Towns and Pinero to give UVa the 4-2 lead heading into the 9th.
All is over right? Sborz is lights out.
Well, Cornell had other ideas, and was helped out by an unfortunate fielding error to begin the inning. After a strike out, the Cornell pinch hitter launched a two run homer to right to tie the game.
In the bottom half of the inning, it was time for UVa to take advantage of the spotty Cornell fielding and end it. Woodruff walked and Charlie Cody reached on a fielding error while trying to sacrifice Woodruff to second. Ernie Clement earned his lone hit of the afternoon by trying to move the runners up, but beating out the throw, loading the bases with 0 outs. First year Adam Haseley was able to work the count and push a ball to the outfield just deep enough to score Woodruff on a sac fly and give UVa the 5-4 win!
The win pushed UVa's record to 10-0 on the season and remain the lone unbeaten in the ACC. They're scheduled to return to action on Tuesday as they play host to VMI, but we all know Mother Nature probably has other plans. Let's just hope this weekend's ACC opening series against Pitt stays on the schedule.