Virginia got on the board first thanks to Robbie Coman’s RBI single. It was his third straight game with an RBI. Rutgers tied it up and pulled ahead with a pair of home runs in the second and third.
Clement would put the Hoos back ahead with his first home run of the season, a shot to the left field bleachers, giving UVa the 3-2 lead. Ultimately, that would be the lead they would not relinquish.
The Cavaliers would go on to explode for 8 runs in the 6th thanks to four hits and three walks, but helped by back to back throwing errors from Rutgers. Robbie Coman put the exclamation point on the inning with his 3rd home run of the year.
As if that wasn’t enough, the offense put 7 more runs on the board five hits and four walks to extend the lead to 18-2. Nothing was hit over the fence, but sophomore Cam Simmons did hit a double, plating Caleb Knight and Pavin Smith.
Adam Haseley would turn in an excellent performance in relation to the numbers on the scoreboard. Haseley did not have to do too much, but held Rutgers to just two runs on three hits and six strikeouts over seven innings. Senior Jack Roberts relieved Haseley in the 8th and held Rutgers to nothing over 1.1 innings and Riley Wilson closed out the final two outs to give UVa the win.
The sweep gives UVa their 7th straight victory to start the season. This is the 5th time in Coach O’Connor’s Virginia tenure the program has started out the season at least 7-0 (‘08, ‘09, ‘13, ‘15). The sweep won’t help UVa’s standing in the RPI, but holding serve at home and shellacking lower teams is what is expected of highly ranked teams.
I’m sure nobody at Davenport will take Ws for granted.