By Brad Larkin, Wahoo Wire
The Virginia Cavaliers baseball team hates losing at Davenport Field. What it hates more is losing three times in a row at Davenport Field. The North Carolina Tar Heels pulled off an elusive feat this weekend, winning 5-3 on Sunday to take all three games from the Wahoos in Charlottesville. It was the first time that the Cavaliers had been swept at home since 2003 when Georgia Tech won three in a row against the Cavaliers.
The Tar Heels jumped out to a big lead early, touching Virginia starting pitcher Artie Lewicki for four runs in the second inning. The Tar Heels scored all four runs in the inning without an extra base hit and they played small ball for the entire game, preferring to sacrifice bunt runners into scoring position rather than rely on extra base hits.
Despite the rough second, Lewicki settled down and lasted into the fifth inning, giving up four runs on six hits, five of which came in the second inning. The Cavaliers tried to claw back into the game as Stephen Bruno led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo home run into the left field bleachers. The home run was the third of the season for Bruno. The Wahoos cut the UNC lead to 4-2 in the fifth when Bruno hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out. However, one run was all the Cavaliers would get in the inning, and the Tar Heels extended their lead again in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Parks Jordan off of Virginia reliever Kyle Crockett.
Unlike the Tar Heels, the Cavaliers could not string together a group of hits that would lead to a big inning. Except for that second inning, the Virginia pitching staff kept the Wahoos in the game, allowing just three hits and one run after the four run second. Benton Moss for North Carolina threw six innings and struck out nine UVa batters while earning the win. Michael Morin came into the game in the eighth and got the final four outs to earn the save.
With the loss, the Cavaliers remain in third place in the Coastal Division in ACC play and are three games behind both North Carolina and Miami. The Tar Heels next face High Point in Chapel Hill while Virginia takes on Richmond in Charlottesville, hoping to end its home losing streak.