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After four-hour delay; Cavaliers drop Game One of Super Regional

Devin Ortiz celebrates his 3 RBI double in the 5th inning.
Devin Ortiz celebrates his 3 RBI double in the 5th inning.(James Motter | UVA Athletics)
Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 7:57 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The Virginia baseball team lost Game One of its Super Regional 6-5 against Dallas Baptist on Saturday in Columbia, SC.

The teams had to wait out a four-hour weather delay to play the final three outs, as lightning and rain rolled into the area before the start of the 9th inning.

UVA moved the tying run to 3rd in the top of the 9th, but the DBU first baseman made a diving catch on a line drive by Max Cotier to end the game.

The loss gives the Cavaliers no margin for error in the best-of-three series.

Virginia head coach Brian O’Connor says, “We were in this position just a weekend ago, in this ballpark, and found a way to scratch back, and found a way to win. It wouldn’t surprise me if this team finds a way to win tomorrow, and everything is on the line on Monday.”

Including the weather delay, the game took about 7.5 hours to complete.

The ‘Hoos scored all of their runs in the 5th inning, as Alex Tappen and Jake Gelof started the inning with back-to-back home runs, and Devin Ortiz pushed the lead to 5-2 with a two-out, bases clearing triple.

The Patriots tied the game by scoring one run in the bottom of the 5th, and two more in the 6th.

Andrew Benefield gave DBU the lead with a solo home run in the 7th.

“It’s going to take everything for us to win tomorrow, and have a chance to play Monday,” says O’Connor. “Our guys will brush this one off, and we’ll be able to play tomorrow at noon. I’ve got a lot of confidence in them. We have plenty of pitching, and looking forward to seeing our guys bounce back tomorrow.”

Senior pitcher Andrew Abbott says, “It’s definitely something we can all relate to, just speaking to teammates and stuff, saying, ‘Hey, we’ve been here all season. When we were 4-12, no one believed we’d even be here,’ so just trying to go out and prove everybody wrong.”

Virginia and Dallas Baptist are scheduled to play Game Two of the best-of-three series on Sunday at noon in Columbia.

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