The ball was certainly flying in Durham Friday as Wake Forest and Virginia combined for 23 hits, six of them home runs. While Virginia was hot early, jumping out to a 5-1 lead after three and a half innings, Wake Forest answered with three in the fourth, four in the fifth, and single runs in the sixth and seventh to take a 10-7 lead through seven which would be enough as they hold on to win 10-9.
Virginia's pitchers combined to give up five home runs on the day. Alec Bettinger took the loss, giving up six runs (all earned) on five hits in just four innings of work. Kevin Doherty gave up 3 earned runs in just 1.1 innings, while the only bright spot on the hill for the Cavaliers was Daniel Lynch who worked 1.1 innings of no-hit ball, chipping in two strike outs.
At the plate, Daniel Pinero stayed hot, hitting another home run and adding an RBI double giving him two runs batted on the day. Adam Haseley and Pavin Smith led the way with three hits apiece, while Haseley's two triples netted him three runs batted in.
Virginia was already eliminated from ACC Tournament championship game consideration by virtue of Clemson's win over Louisville, however the loss hurts Virginia's chances of earning a national seed in next week's NCAA Tournament. The Hoos conclude the ACC Tournament against Louisville on Saturday night at 7 P.M. The game is still important as several teams across the country have played their way into the regional host conversation. If Virginia wants to keep pace, and ensure a host bid, a win against the Cardinals would go a long way.