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Cavaliers Can't Complete Sweep, Fall to GT 5-4

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The Cavalier pitching staff finally blinked this weekend, and it ended up costing the Cavaliers a sweep of the Yellow Jackets and ending their eight game winning streak.

After two overly impressive starts from Connor Jones and Alec Bettinger, Georgia Tech got to Adam Haseley for five runs on eight hits in just four innings.

It was not a string of hits that helped the Jackets salvage the Sunday finale, but home runs, which is quite unusual for a game at Davenport Field. All five of the GT runs came via the home run. Two solo shots in the second inning followed up by another solo home run and a two run bomb in the fourth was all they would need.

Credit does need to go to the UVa bullpen which kept the Cavaliers in the game after Haseley left the game. Tyler Shambora came on in the fifth and held the Yellow Jackets scoreless for 2.1 innings. Tommy Doyle followed suit and held Georgia Tech hitless over the final 2.2 innings.

Unfortunately, after the Hoos put up four runs over the first three innings, they could not push anymore across the plate, stranding countless runners. In the 7th and 8th innings alone the Cavaliers left five on base, including putting runners on second and third with just one out in the 8th.

All is certainly not lost for the Cavaliers after dropping the Sunday finale. Thanks to the impressive pitching already mentioned, the Hoos had already won the series, the fourth straight. The two wins also likely helped UVa assure themselves a top 6 seed for the ACC Tournament in two weeks, but we'll have to see the results from today before that's certain.

Monday will be an off day before UVa welcomes Richmond to town on Tuesday and the ACC series finale against Virginia Tech starting on Thursday.