The Virginia baseball team held on for a 4-3 victory over No. 4 N.C. State on Friday night in the opening game of a three-game ACC road series.
The Cavaliers (16-10, 6-4 ACC) now own the conference’s longest win streak at seven games.
Virginia continued its recent offensive tear, cranking out 12 hits, with eight of the Wahoos’ nine batters getting a hit. Freshman Zack Gelof , who went 3-for-5, scored the first run of the game and plated the game’s third run with a two-out single in the top of the third. He extended his hit streak to 15 games and has now reached base in all 26 games this season.
UVa received RBI hits from Alex Tappen, Cameron Simmons and Nate Eikhoff. Eikhoff’s RBI double in the top of the fifth inning that drove in Nic Kent proved to be the game-winning run.
Brendan Rivoli had his team-best 12th multi-hit game with a 2-for-4 performance, while Tanner Morris reached base four times and went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of walks.
With Virginia leading 4-1 in the ninth inning, N.C. State (25-2, 8-2 ACC) made it a one-run game thanks to a two-run homer by pinch-hitter Luca Tresh. But Kyle Whitten did not allow another base runner after Tresh’s shot, sitting down the next three N.C. State batters to record his fourth save of the year.
The series continues on Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. matchup. Virginia will send right-hander Noah Murdock to the mound and he will be opposed by righty Reid Johnston. The game will air live on ESPN3.com.