Cavaliers Win Regular Season Home Finale; Beat VCU 12-3
The top-ranked Virginia baseball team wrapped up its 2014 regular-season home schedule with a 12-3 victory over VCU Tuesday evening in front of 3,775 fans at Davenport Field. Virginia (42-9) finished the regular season with a 29-3 home record while drawing a program-record 115,340 fans, an average of 3,604 per game.
Virginia finished with 14 hits and batted around in the first and seventh innings. John La Prise went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI while Joe McCarthy and Mike Papi each were 2-for-4 with two RBI.
UVa starter Alec Bettinger pitched five solid innings to earn the win, giving up a run, six hits and no walks while striking out a pair. Bettinger improved to 6-0 in midweek action this year.
VCU starter Logan Kanuik (2-1) pitched two innings, allowing five earned runs, four hits and four walks with one strikeout in taking the loss for the Rams (33-16), whose six pitchers combined to walk nine batters.
Virginia batted around in the first inning, scoring four runs while taking advantage of Kanuik’s control problems. Papi led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on a McCarthy single. With the bases loaded and two outs following a hit batsman and a walk, Nate Irving walked to force in a run, and La Prise followed with a two-run double to left.
UVa added a run in the second inning as Papi drew a leadoff walk, stole second and scored on another McCarthy single.
VCU scored in the fourth off Bettinger. With one out Bill Cullen doubled to left-center, and he crossed the plate with two outs on a Trevor Marino single.
The Cavaliers got the run back in the sixth inning against reliever Matt Jamer. McCarthy coaxed a walk with one out. With McCarthy running, Jamer attempted to throw to first, but the ball sailed into foul territory, and McCarthy scampered to third. Kenny Towns then cranked a double to left-center to score the run.
Virginia broke the game open with a five-run seventh inning while sending 10 batters to the plate. The first five batters reached safely. Irving hit a leadoff single, and La Prise drew a walk. Brandon Downes ripped a single to center to score a run. Papi followed with a two-run double to right before Daniel Pinero singled to center to bring in another run. The Cavaliers got the final run of the inning on a Derek Fisher RBI groundout.
UVa pushed its lead to 12-1 in the eighth inning when Pinero grounded out to score La Prise. VCU scored twice with two outs in the ninth inning on a two-run single by pinch hitter Alex Gransback.
UVa finishes the regular season Thursday through Saturday (May 15-17) with a three-game ACC series at Wake Forest. The postseason then begins as the ACC Baseball Championship runs May 20-25 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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