In Atlanta, the fourth-ranked Virginia baseball team lost 3-2 at No. 17 Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon at Russ Chandler Stadium. Played from start to finish in a steady rain, the game was called with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning because of poor field conditions.
Virginia (31-6, 13-5 ACC) was dealt its first ACC series loss of the season as Georgia Tech (26-10, 11-7) won two of three games in the tightly contested series. Both of the Yellow Jackets’ wins were by one run; all six of Virginia’s defeats this season have come by two runs or fewer.
Virginia sophomore starter Nick Howard worked 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned), five hits and two walks while striking out four. He took the loss and fell to 4-3. Junior Kyle Crockett worked the final 1 2/3 innings and did not allow a run as he kept the Cavaliers close.
The Cavaliers finished with just two hits. Jared King homered in the sixth inning, while Reed Gragnani finished off a solid series with a third-inning single. Gragnani went 6 for 8 in the series and scored three times. UVa freshman Joe McCarthy went 0 for 3 and failed to reach base for the first time in 37 games this season.
With the game tied at 1-1, Georgia Tech moved ahead in the fourth inning. After a Gragnani fielding error allowed Matt Gonzalez to reach base, A.J. Murray doubled to right-center to score the go-ahead run. Smith singled in Gonzalez one out later to push the lead to 3-1.
King’s one-out solo homer to center field in the sixth was his first of the year.
The game was stopped at 3:22 p.m. because of deteriorating field conditions and was called about 20 minutes later.
UVa returns home for four games this week, battling Old Dominion Wednesday before taking on No. 6 Florida State in a three-game ACC series Friday through Sunday.