While the eyes of Virginia fans were likely set on Wahoo Basketball down in Orlando, the Virginia Baseball team quietly picked up a win against a top-ten team on the road. Daniel Lynch was terrific shutting out the potent Clemson lineup and limiting them to only four hits en route to a 2-0 win. Virginia got just enough offense scoring single runs in the seventh and ninth innings and rode perfect relief performances from Alec Bettinger and Tommy Doyle to get the win.
After being baffled by Clemson starter Charlie Barnes all game long, Pavin Smith finally broke through with a solo home run to lead off the top of the seventh. The Hoos manufactured an insurance run in the top of the ninth thanks to a Smith walk, a Robbie Coman sacfrifice bunt, and a Cam Simmons RBI double for a 2-0 lead.
Lynch picked up the win running his record to 4-1 by going 7.0 shutout innings, holding Clemson to four hits, two walks while striking out four. Doyle pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two to earn his fourth save of the year.
The Cavaliers and Tigers square off again Saturday at 1 P.M. Evan Sperling takes the mound for the Hoos as they look to take the series.