Charlottesville, Va.- The 12th ranked nationally Virginia Cavaliers edged past Longwood 8-3 for their 35th win of the season. The midweek matchup is both Virginia and Longwood’s final non-conference game of the season.
Alex Tappen led the Cavaliers offense with one homer and two hits to go along with four RBI and a run scored.
Hunter Gilliam continued his hot streak in the batter’s box with a two RBI night that included the Lancers only extra base hit of the night with a double.
“We were more focused tonight,” Oxendine commented on what went into a tough battle against a nationally ranked side. “The guys responded well after a tough weekend. That’s the type of focus we must have for the rest of the season.”
Virginia (35-12) started the scoring in the first and second innings. Jake Gelof singled home Kyle Teel and Ethan Anderson tripled in Casey Saucke to highlight the early flurry from the Cavaliers.
Longwood (19-28) responded in the third inning when Gilliam hit a two run double to left center to score HaydenHarris and Gregory Ryan. Elliot Dix hit home Ryan again in the fifth inning to even the score at three a-piece.
The Cavaliers went on to score five more runs in the sixth and eighth innings to push them to victory. Tappen had an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth that scored Griff O’Ferrall then hit a three-run home run in the eighth that scored Teel and O’Ferrall again.
Cole Taylor (1-2) started on the mound for Longwood and pitched five complete innings. Taylor finished with five runs given up with six hits and five walks. Jack Lamb and J. R. Parrish combined for three innings out of the bullpen and didn’t surrender a run. Grant Melnyktraditionally a middle infielder, also made another appearance on the mound and gave up the three run home-runs in the eighth.
Matt Wyatt got the start for UVA and surrendered two runs on two hits in two innings. Matthew Buchanan came on in relief and gave up one run on two hits but struck out five in two innings. Dylan Bowers (1-0) earned his first win in 2022 after two perfect innings where he struck out one. The Cavaliers used three more pitchers in relief through the rest of the game. The final third of the game saw just one hit surrendered by the UVA staff.
Longwood returns to action this weekend in a highly anticipated Big South matchup against Radford.