The Virginia Tech baseball team did not come through with clutch hits in the late innings Friday night.
But Virginia did.
UVa rallied to beat its rival 2-1 in the opener of a three-game series at Davenport Field.
"We had some guys come through with big hits late in the game," said Joe McCarthy, who helped UVa scored twice in the seventh.
UVa (21-4, 8-2 ACC) is ranked No. 1, 2, 3 or 4 nationally, depending on the poll.
The Hokies (12-10-1, 5-5) scored just one run off UVa starter Nathan Kirby and were held scoreless by relievers Whit Mayberry and Nick Howard.
"Our balls didn’t find the hole," Virginia Tech rookie head coach Patrick Mason said. "Their hitters did a good job; they found a way to get it done. Our guys didn’t."
Down 1-0, the Cavaliers got to Tech senior starter Brad Markey (2-4) in the seventh.
Mike Papi doubled, advanced on a Howard sacrifice and scored on McCarthy’s RBI single. With two outs, McCarthy scored on Nate Irving’s RBI single.
"That was the third time through the order that we’re seeing [Markey], so we started to get used to him a little, started to see patterns in what he was throwing," McCarthy said.
Virginia Tech took a 1-0 lead in the third. Freshman Tom Stoffel singled, stole second, advanced to third on catcher Irving’s error and scored on freshman Ricky Surum’s RBI single.
The Hokies loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, but Kirby escaped the jam when Sean Keselica grounded into a double play.
Tech had a man on third with two outs in the seventh. But Mayberry (2-1) struck out freshman Ryan Tufts.
Down 2-1, the Hokies had men on first and second with two outs in the eighth. But Mayberry struck out Keselica.
Surum tripled off Howard with two outs in the ninth, but Howard struck out pinch hitter Andrew Mogg to end the game and earn his seventh save.
"We’re tremendous on the mound [this season]," UVa coach Brian O’Connor said. "We’ve got a very good and deep pitching staff."