No. 1 Virginia rolls past Radford
Cavaliers broke the ACC single-season record for shutouts
RADFORD, Va. -- Top-ranked Virginia scored eight runs in the first two innings and never looked back in coasting to a 12-0 victory against Radford Tuesday evening at RU Baseball Stadium in Radford, Va. With the shutout win the Cavaliers broke the ACC single-season record for shutouts with their 12th shutout of the year; the record was held by the 1977 Clemson and 2005 Virginia teams.
David Coleman went 4-for-4 to highlight a strong offensive performance by the Cavaliers (37-3), who piled up 16 hits in the contest. Chris Taylor led off the game with a home run and finished 3-for-5 with three RBI, while Jared King added three hits and a pair of RBI. John Hicks hit a three-run home run.
Four Virginia pitchers combined on a two-hitter. Virginia starter Cody Winiarski worked seven strong innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out six. He improved to 5-2 this season. Corey Hunt, Aaron Stull and Shane Halley combined to blank the Highlanders (21-15) over the final two innings.
Radford starter Cassidy McDaniel (1-3) faced only six batters before getting removed. He worked one-third of an inning, allowing five earned runs and three hits in taking the loss.
Virginia jumped out fast with a first-pitch blast to left field by Taylor to lead off the game - his first career home run. John Barr was then hit by a pitch, and Hicks walked. One out later Danny Hultzen singled to right to plate Barr, and King followed with a two-run double to left, spelling the end of the day for McDaniel. Coleman ripped reliever Brad Wimmer's first pitch back up the middle for a single, scoring King to give UVa a 5-0 edge.
UVa continued to pour it on in the second, getting back-to-back one-out singles from Taylor and Barr before Hicks launched a towering three-run home run to left-center field. It was Hicks' fourth homer of the year.
Virginia tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth inning when Taylor cranked a two-run double to right-center field, scoring Coleman and Reed Gragnani. UVa completed its scoring in the ninth inning on a two-out, two-run triple by Gragnani.