𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐧 𝐎𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐳! Hoos are on the board with a two-out, ground-rule double that scores Alex Tappen!
— Virginia Baseball (@UVABaseball) April 15, 2022
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Pitt (20-12, 8-7 ACC) broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning with a six-run rally and took the opening game of a three-game ACC series, 9-4 over No. 8 Virginia (26-8, 9-7 ACC) on Friday (April 15). The Panthers capitalized on two Cavalier fielding errors in the sixth. Only three of the nine Pitt runs were earned in the contest.
Pitt starting pitcher Matt Gilbertson earned the win after pitching a season-high eight innings. He was charged with all four runs in the contest and struck out eight batters.
Sophomore Jake Gelof led the Cavaliers with a 2-for-4 effort at the plate that included two doubles. Six of the eight Cavalier hits went for extra bases in the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Pitt struck first in the top of the third inning with a two-out, two-run homer by Tatem Levins, his team-leading, 11th home run of the season. It marked the third time in the last four games, a Virginia opponent has scored first.
- The Cavaliers chipped away and knotted the game back up at two. After a two-out double by Alex Tappen in the third, Devin Ortiz traded places with him thanks a ground-rule double to right center. In the fourth, Griff O’Ferrall delivered a sacrifice fly that enabled Ethan Anderson to score from third.
- Pitt sent 10 batters to the plate in the sixth and capitalized on two Virginia fielding errors. Three of the six runs came across on a dropped fly ball in right field with two outs. It marked the second time this season, an opponent has scored five or more runs in an inning against Virginia.
- The Cavaliers got two runs back in the top of the eighth when O’Ferrall moved over to third base on a Gelof one-out double. O’Ferrall then scored on a wild pitch and Alex Tappen plated Jake Gelof on a sacrifice fly. The RBI for Tappen was No. 48 on the season.
UP NEXT: The series continues on Saturday with the middle game against the Panthers. Virginia will send lefty Brian Gursky (5-0) to the mound and he will be opposed by Logan Evans (3-3). First pitch on ACCNX and WINA is set for 3 p.m.
- Starting pitcher Nate Savino struck out five batters over 5.1 innings and was charged with only two of the six runs that came around to score.
- The six Virginia doubles in the contest are the second most in a game this season. UVA had seven against VMI on Feb. 22
- The Cavaliers dropped their fifth consecutive game, the first five-game losing streak since 2003.
- The Panthers have now won three of the last four meetings against the Cavaliers.