UVA head coach Brian O'Connor celebrated his 42nd birthday with a win
The #7 Virginia baseball team beat #5 Florida State 5-2 Sunday to earn the series sweep against the Seminoles.
The three-game sweep is the first in program history for UVA against FSU.
Senior first baseman Jared King says, "We're gonna enjoy this. I know we have two midweek games this week, but we're definitely going to enjoy this today. This is huge for us, in a big series, especially a sweep, against a team the caliber of Florida State."
"We've had some pretty good teams here over the years," says head coach Brian O'Connor. "The fact that this is the first time we've won all three of them says something about the quality of opponent they are, and the type of program they have."
The Cavaliers (35-6, 16-5 ACC) never trailed in the series against the Seminoles.
An unlikely batting star emerged at the plate for Virginia in the 8th inning.
UVA lost its designated hitter position after Joe McCarthy was injured in the field in the 5th, and DH Derek Fisher moved to left field.
Junior Kyle Crockett came on to pitch in the top of the 8th inning, and was forced to bat with the pitchers spot due up in the bottom of the inning.
With the 4,980 in attendance cheering him on, the Wahoo closer knocked a single back up the middle in his first career at bat, and later came around to score and push the lead to 5-2.
Crockett finished out the game in the 9th for his 9th save of the season.
"It's a great team, so anytime we can go out there and win two out of three is great," says Crockett, "but to get this sweep is a big boost for our team. I think we needed that, going forward."
O'Connor adds, "I don't think the players will think this cements them in any kind of category moving forward, other than to draw a lot of confidence from it, that you can beat a high-quality opponent. What we did this weekend is what you have to do to win a regional."
Virginia drew first blood in the 3rd inning Sunday, as Jared King hit a three-run triple, and was later driven in on a sac fly.
FSU (31-9, 13-8 ACC) cut the lead in half with runs in the 4th and 7th innings.
Sophomore Nick Howard pitched 6.2 innings for the win, giving up one run on five hits.
Virginia will be back in action Tuesday, as the Cavaliers host Richmond at 6 pm.
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