CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – In the final intercollegiate game of the fall season, Virginia topped East Carolina, 15-10 in a predetermined 14-inning exhibition at Disharoon Park on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 13). The Cavaliers will resume the Orange and Blue World Series with game three on Friday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.
Juniors Brendan Rivoli (Douglassville, Pa.) and Devin Ortiz (Irvington, N.J.) each went 4-for-6 to lead the Cavalier offense. Rivoli drove in a game-high four runs including an infield single in the bottom of the seventh to break a 6-6 tie. Ortiz’s double in the sixth was one of three extra-base hits for the Cavaliers on the day.
Virginia fell behind 5-0 after the Pirates first four turns at the plate but went on to score eight runs between the fourth and seventh innings to take the lead for good.
Righthander Chesdin Harrington (Montpelier, Va.) was the most effective of the nine Cavalier pitchers on the day. The graduate student took over in the top of the eighth and retired all nine batters he faced with three strikeouts.
The reliever combination of Cristian Sanchez (Centreville, Va.), Evan Sperling (Poquoson, Va.) and Matt Wyatt (Timonium, Md.) did not allow a run over the final 3.1 innings to secure the victory. Sanchez struck out a pair in 1.1 innings of work.
First year Max Cotier (New Milford, Conn.) tied the game at six with a two-run, triple in the sixth inning. Classmate Chris Newell (Newtown Square, Pa.) broke the game open in the top of the eighth with a two-out, two-run double as part of a four-run frame.
Virginia won all three of its exhibitions against outside competition this fall including today’s victory over East Carolina, a 2018 Super Regional participant.
The fall season will close out the final three games of the Orange and Blue World Series. Admission to all fall contests at Disharoon Park is free.
2019 Orange & Blue World Series Schedule/Results
Game 1: Sunday, Oct. 6, – ORANGE, 3-0
Game 2: Tuesday, Oct. 8, ORANGE, 9-5
Game 3: Friday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
Game 4: Sunday, Oct. 20, TBA
Game 5: Friday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m.