The Virginia baseball team earned a doubleheader sweep over Notre Dame on Saturday at Frank Eck Field to win the ACC series.
The Cavaliers (19-13, 8-7 ACC) took game one, 12-7, then held off a ninth-inning rally from the Fighting Irish to win in the nightcap, 6-5.
“It was a huge day for the Cavaliers,” Virginia coach Brian O’Connor said. “To get a doubleheader sweep on the road after dropping the game one [of the series] really says a lot to the character of these guys.”
Virginia trailed 3-0 in the early stages of the opener before scoring seven unanswered runs to even the series at one game apiece.
The Cavaliers then won the series in dramatic fashion.
With Virginia holding a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, Notre Dame’s Jack Zyska delivered a two-run, two out single through the left side to pull the Fighting Irish within a run.
After Niko Kavadas walked to put the tying run on second base, Notre Dame’s Eric Gilgenbach singled up the middle but before the run came across home plate, Cameron Simmons threw the ball to second base rather than to home to cut down the tying run.
The throw caught Kavadas leaning off second and the out was recorded before the tying run touched home plate. The play was reviewed and confirmed to seal the Virginia win.
"I don't know if I've seen a game that I've coached in that ended that way"— Virginia Baseball (@UVABaseball) April 7, 2019
- Head Coach Brian O'Connor on Saturday night's series clinching win
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Kyle Whitten saved the nightcap for his sixth of the year and second of the day. He is the first Virginia pitcher to save both ends of a doubleheader since Branden Kline in 2011.
The Cavaliers travel to James Madison on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. matchup.