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Virginia Baseball: Season ends with 5-4 loss to W&M

In a season that has been defined by Virginia's lack of depth on the mound, Hoos just don't have enough magic to hold on and beat W&M.

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With an uphill climb ahead of them to win the Charlottesville Regional and with a lack of depth on the mound, Coach O'Connor chose to start Daniel Lynch against the Tribe and save Adam Haseley for a possible match up with ECU. Unfortunately Lynch didn't make it out of the second inning giving up three earned runs on four hits in the frame. The runs allowed the Tribe to jump out to an early 3-0 lead.

The Hoos battled back picking up three runs in the fourth thanks to doubles by Pavin Smith and Daniel Pinero and RBI singles by Haseley and Jack Gerstenmaier. Then in the top of the sixth, Virginia got the lead on a Pinero home run to left.

The bullpen couldn't hold though as William and Mary tied the game at four after Charley Gould led off the bottom of the sixth with a double then scored as the next batter, Hunter Smith, singled. The Tribe would get the game winner off Tommy Doyle in the bottom of the seventh when Charles Ameer led off the inning with a home run to left center.

That would be all the Tribe would need as their closer Joseph Gaouette came on to close things out in the eighth and ninth.

While the pitching wasn't at its best, the offense certainly had chances to give the Hoos the victory. On the day Cavaliers bats left 12 men on base including three innings where the Hoos had at least one runner in scoring position with less than two outs only to come up empty.

Pinero and Gerstenmaier led UVA at the plate, each chipping in three hits. Pinero had two RBI, while Gerstenmaier and Haseley each had one.

Virginia finishes the season 38-22, 19-11 good for third in the ACC, but just 2-4 in the postseason.