The #4 Virginia baseball team beat VMI 8-6 Wednesday at Davenport Field.
UVA improves to 27-3 with the victory.
After jumping out to a 6-3 lead, the Cavaliers held off a couple of Keydet rallies with clutch hits.
VMI scored twice in the top of the 6th to cut the deficit to 6-5, but Jared King scored Nate Irving with a two out double to push the lead back to two in the bottom of the inning.
Brandon Downes scored Irving with a two out basehit in the bottom of the 8th, after VMI had again cut the deficit to just one run in the top half of the inning.
Head coach Brian O'Connor says, "We had 13 hits, and you can get a lot of hits, but it comes down to getting clutch hits. That's what wins ballgames. You're going to get some opportunities. It's a matter of whether you get some big hits in the clutch, when it matters most. Fortunately we did tonight, and that's why we won the ball game.
Downes went 2-for-5 at the plate for UVA, scoring twice, and driving in two runs.
Mike Papi also had two RBI, while Nick Howard had three hits.
Freshman Joe McCarthy went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
"We just really wanted to get on it early, and have a good approach, and keep it simple at the plate," says McCarthy.
Freshman Trey Oest pitched 5.1 innings for the win, and stuck out seven.
VMI sophomore and St. Anne's-Belfield alum Sheldon Shifflett went 2-for-4 at the plate, with an RBI and a run scored.
Miller School alum Thomas Stallings went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI while manning second base for the Keydets.
Virginia returns to action Saturday, as the Cavaliers open a three-game series at Wake Forest at 4pm.