Monday, April 18, 2016
Baseball (23-15) : 9-4 Win vs. Longwood, 7-4 Win vs. #13 North Carolina, 8-1 Loss vs. #13 North Carolina, 15-9 Win vs. #13 North Carolina
The Virginia baseball team used a five-run fourth inning on Wednesday to defeat Longwood 9-4. Junior Matt Thaiss led the offense, picking up three hits and two RBI for the Cavaliers. Mistakes played a big role as well, as Longwood’s five errors led to four unearned runs for UVa. Junior reliever Tyler Shambora earned the win, improving to 3-0 on the season.
The ‘Hoos kicked off a three game series against 13th ranked North Carolina on Friday with a 7-4 win. Junior ace Connor Jones had another solid outing for Virginia, pitching six innings and allowing only one earned run. Freshman Nate Eikhoff had the biggest hit for the Cavaliers, a base-clearing triple in the third inning that put Virginia up for good.
UVa couldn’t get anything going offensively on Saturday, falling to UNC 8-1. Sophomore starter Adam Haseley picked up the lough loss after giving up only one earned run in 5.1 innings. The Tar Heels used a four-run sixth inning to seal the victory, taking advantage of two UVa errors in the game that led to four unearned runs. Sophomore Pavin Smith went 3-4 with an RBI in the loss.
Virginia clinched the series on Sunday with a big 15-9 win over UNC. Thaiss led the fantastic UVa offense with a homerun and four RBI. Junior Daniel Pinero and freshman Cameron Simmons each added three RBI as well. Senior Kevin Doherty picked up the win for the Cavaliers, his first of the year. The ‘Hoos will take on Radford on Tuesday and VCU on Wednesday before facing Miami in a three game series this weekend.
Men’s Lacrosse (6-7) : 14-8 Loss vs. #13 Duke
The men’s lacrosse team fell to 13th ranked Duke on Sunday 14-8, despite outshooting the Blue Devils 47-36. Both teams traded blows early, but Duke used a 5-1 run in the fourth quarter to seal the game. Duke goaltender Danny Fowler made an impressive 13 saves in the game. The loss puts Virginia out of ACC Tournament contention, as the ‘Hoos will instead face #5 Brown in the ACC-Brown Showcase on April 30th. The Cavaliers close out their regular season schedule on Saturday against Georgetown.
#14 Women’s Lacrosse (8-6) : 10-9 Win at #5 Louisville
The 14th ranked Virginia women’s lacrosse team upset #5 Louisville on Saturday, earning their third-straight win. UVa took a 6-3 lead into halftime, but the Cardinals would not go away, scoring six goals of their own in the second period. But the Virginia offense was able to hold on, as junior Kelly Reese scored her second goal of the game with four minutes left to seal the victory. The ‘Hoos will take on Maryland on Wednesday before closing out the regular season against rival Virginia Tech on Friday.
#1 Men’s Tennis (22-3) : 5-2 Win vs. #7 Wake Forest, 7-0 Win Miami
The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team picked up a solid win against Wake Forest on Friday, earning the top seed in the ACC Tournament. The ‘Hoos took two of three doubles matches, as the teams of Ryan Shane/Luca Corinteli and Thai-Son Kwiatkowski/Mac Styslinger both earned wins. Senior Ryan Shane went on to tally his 100th career singles victory, celebrating his birthday in style.
The ‘Hoos finished the regular season with a bang Sunday, sweeping Miami 7-0 and earning the regular-season ACC Title for the 13th-straight year. UVa’s Shane, Kwiatkowski, Altamirano, Wiersholm, Aragone, and Styslinger were all winners on the singles court. Virginia will begin ACC Tournament play on Friday, April 22nd against the winner of NC State/Clemson.
#13 Women’s Tennis (14-9) : 6-1 Win vs. Pittsburgh, 5-2 Win vs. Notre Dame
The women’s tennis team also earned a win on Friday, dominating Pittsburgh 6-1. Virginia took two doubles wins early and never looked back, moving on to win five of six matches on the singles court. Senior Danielle Collins headlined the victory, tallying a dominant 6-1, 6-0 match win.
The Cavaliers closed out the regular season with a 5-2 win over Notre Dame on Sunday. Collins, Julia Elbaba, Meghan Kelley, and Cassie Mercer all picked up wins on the singles court, while the ‘Hoos also took both doubles matches. The team will begin ACC Tournament play this Wednesday, April 20th.
Softball (15-28) : 7-1 Win vs. North Carolina, 10-8 Loss vs. North Carolina, 3-2 Win vs. North Carolina
Freshman starter Erika Osherow led the Virginia softball team to a victory in game one against North Carolina, allowing only one run in a complete-game performance. Freshman Allie Arneson headlined the Cavalier offense, going 2-3 with three RBI en route to the 7-1 win.
UVa dropped game two of the doubleheader on Friday against UNC after the Tar Heels put up an impressive 10 runs. Both offenses found success, as the teams combined for 24 hits. But UNC’s Kristen Brown could not be stopped, driving in four runs on three hits to lead the Tar Heels to the win.
Virginia earned the series win on Sunday after defeating UNC 3-2. Senior Aimee Chapdelaine came through in the clutch for UVa, blasting a two-run homer that proved to be the deciding blow in the game. Osherow earned the win, her 12th of the season. The Cavaliers will move on to face Liberty in a double header on Wednesday before taking on Georgia Tech in a three game series this weekend.
#21 Men’s Golf : Wolfpack Invitational – 3rd, 851
The Virginia men’s golf team finished third in the Wolfpack Invitational over the weekend, closing out regular season play. UVa juniors Derek Bard and Jimmy Stranger tied for eighth place in the tournament. The ACC Championships are set to begin Friday, April 22nd.
#18 Women’s Golf : ACC Championships – 1st, 855
The women’s golf team took home the ACC Championship for the second straight year on Sunday, finishing first out of 12 teams. Virginia senior Lauren Coughlin also won the individual title, clinching the victory on the final hole. Junior Lauren Diaz-Yi (4th) and freshman Anna Redding (5th) also finished in the top five for the Cavaliers. NCAA Regional play will begin May 5th.
#3 Women’s Rowing :
The third ranked women’s rowing team competed in the Clemson Invite over the weekend, tallying a total of four race wins. Virginia’s Varsity Four and Third Varsity Eight teams each went unbeaten during the event. The Cavaliers will close out the regular season next Saturday, April 30th against Texas.