CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Virginia finally broke through to score five runs in the eighth to rally past Maryland 5-3 int game one of the Charlottesville Super Regional. Virginia had a chance in the second on consecutive singles by Pavin Smith and Robbie Coman.
However, a soft liner to Jose Cuas and a groundout to short ended the Cavalier threat. In the fourth Matt Thaiss drilled a double to start the inning, but was stranded.
Connor Jones mixed speeds effectively, limiting Maryland to just one hit through four innings.
In the top of the fifth, The Cavaliers wasted another opportunity. Joe McCarthy lofted a leadoff single. Mike Shawaryn struck out the next two hitters, and ended the frame with a fly out. Maryland’s first real threat came in the bottom of the inning, and they managed to jump on top. Jones walked the bases full. With two outs LaMonte Wade hit a ball off Adam Haseley’s glove for a two-run double.
Cuas doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. He moved to third on a sacrifice, then scored on a suicide squeeze bunt.
Virginia strung together back-to-back singles with one out in the eighth. That brought in Maryland’s closer, Kevin Mooney. Kenny Towns singled in the Cavalier’s first run. Smith lined a single to center to bring Virginia to within a run. One out later, Kevin Doherty doubled off the wall for a bases clearing doubled and the Cavaliers led 5-3.
Josh Sborz threw a two-inning save. The two teams will meet again in game two tomorrow at 3PM.