On Friday night the Cavaliers’ pitching staff held UConn to just one run on 3 hits and a walk. As good as the staff was and the bats struggled on Friday, the opposite came to fruition on Saturday with the lineup putting up more than enough runs while the pitching staff struggled to keep UConn off the basepaths.
Griff McGarry started the game for the Hoos and looked like he was going to cruise with seven strikeouts through three innings. McGarry ran into trouble in the 4th allowing the first two runs of the game and running his pitch count up.
Unfortunately, the normally stout relief corp struggled the rest of the way allowing eight more runs on eight hits. The bigger problem was the location struggles that lead to eleven walks issued by the UVA staff; many coming with two outs and more than a few coming with the bases loaded.
Credit to the lineup who continuously got UVA back into the game after UConn would take back or extend their lead. Nic Kent and Alex Tappen both had multi-hit games and seven of the nine starters in the lineup reached base at least once. Zack Gelof continued to be the steady stream in the lineup pacing the team with three RBI after a two out, bases loaded double in the fifth inning.
UVA will look to right the ship and win the series on Sunday with Mike Vasil on the mound.