CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Sophomore Henry Godbout scored the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning and then delivered a walk-off single in the 10th to give No. 13 Virginia (9-0) a 4-3 victory over UMass (1-4) on Friday (March 1). It marks the seventh comeback victory in nine games this season for the Cavaliers.

Godbout led off the ninth with a double down the left field line and came around a batter later on a sacrifice fly by Bobby Whalen. In the bottom of the 10th, Harrison Didawick produced a one-out single and stole second base to setup Godbout’s heroics. On a 0-2 pitch, Godbout got a barrel on an inside fastball and deposited it into right-center field for the game-winner.

Godbout went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI in the contest and upped his season batting average to .519. He has now hit safely in eight-straight games.


  • Didawick gave UVA the initial lead in the fourth inning when he drew a bases loaded walk. The Cavaliers went up 2-0 on a Godbout RBI groundout that plated Ethan Anderson.
  • The Minutemen capitalized on a UVA fielding miscue in the sixth for a three-run rally. Godbout committed a two-out fielding error that allowed a run to score from second base. The next batter, Mike Gervasi, hit a two-run homer to put UMass up 3-2.
  • Virginia starting pitcher Evan Blanco was outstanding, tossing 5.2 innings without being charged with an earned run. He struck out a career-high eight batters, the most by a UVA pitcher this season and the most by a Cavalier since Brian Edgington’s 11-strikeout performance against Duke in the 2023 NCAA Super Regional. Blanco retired the first 10 batters of the game including five of the first six by way of the strikeout.

  • The bullpen combination of Ryan Osinski (1.0 IP, 0 R), Angelo Tonas (2.0 IP, 0 R, 2 SO) and Aidan Teel (1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 SO) provided four innings of scoreless relief. Teel was credited with the win, working around a UMass leadoff baserunner in the 10th.


  • Virginia has won eight of its last nine extra-inning games including both this season.
  • Virginia is 9-0 for the third-straight season and eighth time under head coach Brian O’Connor.
  • The Cavaliers have won 38-straight regular season non-conference games including 26-straight at Disharoon Park.
  • Virginia is 5-0 in games decided by one or two runs this season.
  • Casey Saucke extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a bunt single in the fourth. The streak includes the final eight games of the 2023 postseason run. 


The series with UMass continues Saturday (March 2) with the middle game of a three-game set. The Cavaiers will have Jack O’Connor (0-0) on the mound and first pitch on ACCNX is scheduled for 1 p.m.