Well, last weekend didn't go too well for the UVa baseball team. Luckily, they were able to rebound with one of their best games of the season on Wednesday against JMU.
With so many concerned about the lack of hitting and run production over the last few weeks, it was great to see the offense explode with season high 18 hits and 14 runs. The 14 runs weren't just the most runs scored in a single game this season, but four more than they had been able to score in any game, and more runs scored than the previous four games combined.
Every starter in the lineup was able to put up at least one run, and six had a multi-hit game. Even though there were many guys who had a great game at the plate, Kenny Towns and Thomas Woodruff had the best night. After being robbed of a Home Run against Louisville on Monday night, Kenny deposited a ball over the fence last night on his way to a two hit, 1 run scored, and five RBI game. While Towns was driving in the runs, Woodruff was scoring some runs. The fourth-year outfielder had four singles, an RBI, and scored three runs. Matt Thaiss, Daniel Pinero, and Adam Haseley didn't have terrible games either; all had at least two hits, one RBI, and at least two runs scored (Haseley scored 4 times).
Even though the pitching staff surrendered seven hits, they were able to avoid the walk bugaboo that has plagued the staff in the previous weeks. Combined, the five pitchers only walked three batters, and did not hit a single batter.
First-year Derek Casey earned his third win of the season by holding the Dukes to only a single run over four innings. He also only walked and struck out one, meaning he was pitching to contact. You have to imagine Coach Kuhn was more than pleased with another great performance from the first-year.
The win moved the Hoos to 20-12 on the season. They'll travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech this weekend. Both teams are under .500 in the ACC so far, and both will be desperate for another series win to bolster their resumes.