Virginia baseball shuts out VMI 9-0

Cavaliers earn first win of season

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Senior righthander Evan Sperling was Virginia's starting pitcher Tuesday. Darya Tahan | Cavalier Daily

The Virginia baseball team (1-3) earned their first win of the season, 9-0 over VMI, in their home opener Tuesday afternoon.

Senior right-hander Evan Sperling was the starting pitcher for the Cavaliers and had a no-hitter going until the fourth inning when VMI sophomore left fielder Cody Warner singled to right field. Warner’s hit was the only one surrendered by Sperling in his four innings of work.

Sperling was replaced by freshman right-hander Zach Messinger, who went three innings in his collegiate debut and also gave up only a single hit, recording the win for Virginia. Sophomore right-hander Blake Bales and senior right-hander Chesdin Harrington finished the game on the mound.

The Cavalier pitchers allowed only two hits on the afternoon and struck out 15 Keydets in the shutout victory.

Virginia was ahead 4-0 after the first inning. Sophomore left fielder Brendan Rivoli drove in freshman third baseman Zack Gelof with a sacrifice fly. Later in the frame, senior first baseman Nate Eikhoff hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs for the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers scored their remaining five runs in the fourth inning. Three Cavaliers hit doubles in the fourth — sophomore shortstop Tanner Morris, Rivoli and sophomore right fielder Alex Tappen. Freshman catcher Logan Michaels also added an RBI.

Virginia next plays a three-game series Friday, Saturday and Sunday at home against Villanova. First pitch at Disharoon Park will be Friday at 3 p.m.

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