The Virginia baseball team (27-20, 10-14 ACC) beat in-state foes Virginia Commonwealth University (31-15, 13-5 A-10) 3-2 on the road Tuesday night at The Diamond in Richmond.
The Cavaliers scored first in the second inning. Freshman third baseman Zack Gelof doubled to left, then advanced to third base on a groundout to second by senior first baseman Nate Eikhoff. Senior designated hitter Jack Weiller drove in Gelof with a single to right field.
In the third, Virginia made it 2-0. Sophomore shortstop Tanner Morris singled to right, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman second baseman Nic Kent, then scored on a single to right by sophomore left fielder Brendan Rivoli.
The Cavaliers scored their final run of the day in the sixth inning, when Gelof singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and finally scored his second run of the game on a single by Eikhoff. Gelof went 3-for-4 on the day, the only Cavalier with a multi-hit performance.
VCU scored their only two runs of the day in the ninth inning on a two-run homer to right by sophomore designated hitter Liam Hibbits, but Virginia held on to win 3-2.
Freshman right-hander Zach Messinger started on the mound, allowing one hit in 3.1 innings of work. Sophomore right-hander Devin Ortiz came in to relieve him and pitched 3.2 innings of two-hit baseball to get the win. Sophomore right-hander Kyle Whitten earned his ninth save of the season despite surrendering Hibbits’ home run.
Virginia next plays May 10-12 in a three-game home series against Louisville after a break for final exams. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 10, 4 p.m. May 11 and 1 p.m. May 12 at Disharoon Park.