The amazing pitching of Tommy Doyle and Co. unfortunately did not carry over to Evan Sperling.
The redshirt freshman found himself in serious trouble early and quite often, which lead him to receiving his 2nd loss on the season. Sperling was only able to retire two batters while giving up 4 hits and 3 bases on balls leading to 6 earned run in just a short period.
Even though Sperling did not have an impressive showing on the day, and most will look at that in the loss, the bullpen came on in relief and shut down the Tigers over the next 8 innings allowing only 1 run. Harrington, Sousa, and Roberts combined to hold Clemson to just 4 hits, 1 walk, and just 1 run the rest of the game to allow the Cavaliers to crawl back into contention.
Junior Adam Haseley continued his torrid pace going 3-5 with a double and a run scored. Pavin Smith and Cameron Simmons backed Haseley up further down the lineup, each going 2-4. Smith scored two runs and notched an RBI while Simmons also scored two runs to go with his two RBI.
Being down 6-0 to start the 2nd inning is a tall mountain to climb, but UVa was able to score 4 runs over the final two innings to pull within one after scoring 2 in the 4th inning.
The loss runs the Cavaliers ACC record to 2-4 on the year. Starting ACC play on the road at two of the better teams in the country is not the way anyone would want to start conference play. Winning road conference series is hard and if the Hoos can steal another game tomorrow, things would be looking up.