Virginia baseball took on Richmond in a one-off game at Disharoon Park Tuesday. The Cavaliers (10-3, 0-0 ACC) played steady and overpowered the Spiders (2-10, 0-0 A-10) in the end.
This marks the Cavaliers’ sixth consecutive win and their ninth in the last 10 games. Virginia also remains undefeated against in-state opponents this season with wins over Richmond, William & Mary and VMI.
The Spiders couldn’t score a single run in the first three innings as Virginia held a slight 2-0 edge going into the fourth inning. However, three Richmond runs gave the away team a small lead.
Virginia came into the bottom of the fourth inning down 3-2. Freshman left-fielder Jimmy Sullivan hit a home run over the left wall, giving two players the time to run in and score, putting Virginia ahead 4-2. This erased Virginia’s only deficit of the day.
The Cavaliers scored three more runs in the inning and headed into the fifth up 7-3. They went on to score another three runs in the sixth inning and tacked five onto that in the seventh.
A late rally attempt from Richmond in the eighth brought the score up 15-7, but the Spiders could not hold up against Virginia. At bat, the Cavaliers scored one more final run and held Richmond down in the ninth.
"When you have one midweek game, it's big to gain some momentum going into our opening ACC weekend," Coach Brian O'Connor said. "It was important for us to play well tonight, and I thought we did … I thought our guys were really locked in offensively."
The Cavaliers now have five more games remaining in their 15-game homestand. Over the course of the next week, Virginia will play two more series in Charlottesville before travelling again.
Virginia will begin ACC play Friday at 4 p.m. when they face No. 7 NC State — the first of a three-game weekend series at Disharoon Park.