In front of a February game record crowd of 3,592 fans, top-ranked Virginia finished off a series sweep of East Carolina with a 6-2 victory on Sunday at Davenport Field.
"All weekend, the defensive intensity we played with was pretty special," said UVa Head Coach Brian O'Connor (6-1). "The fact that we didn't have an error in all three ball games. If you throw strikes like we did on the mound and you handle the ball defensively like we did, you're going to have a chance to win every ball game."
Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell worked the mound for 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs, five hits and a walk while striking out a pair in earning the win to improve to 1-1.
"It's unbelievable to be honest," said Waddell. "Especially knowing you have those guys behind you that will make plays. Our whole thing is to get contact. We don't want to have these eight pitch, nine pitch at bats. Knowing that your going in there to get contact. Knowing that you have those guys behind you just makes your job that much easier."
Virginia's runs were scored on six two-out hits. UVa's Derek Fisher said, "We're a blue collar baseball team. I think that anybody who is a fan of baseball understands it. Two out hits are going to win you championships. We're going to battle each at bat. You know at two outs we're going to try to obviously extend and inning and see how many guys we can get up there with that one final out left."
UVa freshman Matt Thaiss had a strong showing for the 'Hoos going 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI to put an exclamation point on the Cav's 13-hit day.
The 'Hoos will host VMI at 3 PM on Tuesday at Davenport Field.