On Tuesday, UVa saw two players go down after falling victim to the dreaded injury bug. Luckily, they got the win by demolishing Longwood.
Wednesday not only saw the Hoos get the W, but they also did not have anyone get hurt! Wins all around!
Adam Haseley got his first career start on the mound in a UVa uniform and did not disappoint. The first year did exactly what was asked of him by throwing four shutout innings, and limiting Liberty to just four hits and striking out four as well. The outing lowered Haseley's season ERA to 2.79, which should be a comforting factor to Coach O'Connor who likely lost two starting pitchers for the season in less than a week.
First year Tommy Doyle and second year Alec Bettinger relieved Haseley and each held the Flames to a single run over their respective two innings of work and bridged the gap to third year closer Josh Sborz.
Sborz was able to work a casual 9th by striking out one and not allowing a base runner. Securing the Hoos 26th victory of the season, the closer also clinched his 12th save of the season. Those 12 saves likely places Sborz in the top ten nationally (ncaa hasn't updated their stats through Wednesday's games) and gives him the ACC lead, by 1, over FSU's Billy Strode.
The offense was the tale of one inning, but it was more than enough to secure the UVa victory. All tied up 0-0 in the third, Justin Novak earned a HBP with one out, and was followed up by a two out single from Haseley to move Novak to third. Novak was able to score, and Haseley was able to move to second via a wild pitch to give UVa the 1-0 lead. After Matt Thaiss walked, Kenny Towns came through with his fourth HR of the season to give UVa the 4-0 lead, which would prove all they would need.
The Cavaliers would get another insurance run in the 8th after back to back doubles from first year Charlie Cody and fourth year Thomas Woodruff to lock up the 5-2 win.
The news was not all good however as Coach O'Connor shared after the game that UVa ace Nathan Kirby would be sidelined for 6-8 weeks with a strained lat. Six weeks from the apparent day of the injury would be the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.
No news on the Derek Casey front.
UVa travels to Raleigh this weekend to take on a Wolfpack team that appears to have had similar struggles through the 2015 season as the Hoos have had. More importantly, Coach O'Connor will try and get UVa their first ever series win in Raleigh.