After evening the series and putting the fear of God in Louisville on Saturday, the Cavaliers dropped a hard fought series finale to the Cardinals on Sunday, 4-3.
Adam Haseley took the mound for the Hoos and gave them the exact start they needed: seven innings, only two earned runs, while striking out five and only giving up give hits and two walks.
Junior Tommy Doyle relieved Haseley in the 8th and took the hard luck loss after allowing one earned runs, but two runs total, over the final two innings.
The offense used multi-hit games from Ernie Clement, Robbie Coman, and Charlie Cody in a solid 9 hit effort that lead to three runs.
Unfortunately, even though the pitching for the Cavaliers was outstanding, and the offense appeared to do enough, the defense’s three errors ultimately lead to the loss.
In the eighth inning, Louisville was able to tie the game up with a lead off solo home run. After putting runners on the corners with one out, Caleb Knight’s throw bounced away from Ernie Clement during a Cardinal steal attempt, allowing the winning 4th run to get home.
The loss pushes UVa’s ACC record to 5-7. They have dropped three of their four ACC series thus far, but all three series losses have come at the hands of teams ranked in the top 7 and two of those three were on the road. The ACC record is hard to look at right now, but it should get easier in the coming weeks.