In all honesty, it was probably a bit closer than it should have been.
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first, 5-0 after the second, and 6-0 after the third, it looks like the Cavaliers were going to cruise to a series clinching Sunday victory.
The FSU long ball had other ideas.
A two run home run and a solo home run in the 4th cut the UVa lead to just 3. After the Hoos were able to expand their lead to 4 by manufacturing a 7th run in the 6th, the Seminoles struck again with a 2 run home run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 7-5.
Tommy Doyle ensured FSU would not score again.
Adam Haseley started for UVa, allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks in 5 full innings. Doyle would take over in the 6th, and although he would give up that final home run, he would be dominant the final 4 innings, limiting FSU to just 2 hits and 2 walks.
The offense provided the balanced attack the Cavaliers truly needed. 5 Cavaliers in the lineup recorded multi-hit games, including Cam Simmons setting the table with 2 hits and a walk, which lead to Simmons scoring twice and recording an RBI.
The series gives UVa one of the best feathers in their cap. The knock on the Cavaliers’ resume was lack of quality series victories. Although FSU is not the world beaters of seasons past, they are No. 27 in the RPI and winning on the road in the ACC is never easy, particularly in Tallahassee. It won’t push the Hoos into National Seed contention, but it should help begin cementing a hosting resume.
UVa returns to the diamond on Tuesday when they take on Liberty before a week off for exams.