HIBBITS’ LATE HEROICS CAN’T SALVAGE WIN IN ‘DUEL’ WITH UVA  

Score: Virginia 3, VCU 2
Location: Richmond, Va. (The Diamond)
Records: VCU 30-15, Virginia 27-20
Attendance: 3,890

The short story: Sophomore designated hitter Liam Hibbits launched his fourth home run of the season, but Virginia held off a late charge by VCU Tuesday before nearly 4,000 in the annual "Duel at The Diamond".

LEADING OFF

  • Senior righty Ben Dum led a strong VCU bullpen effort with three innings of no-hit relief for the Rams. He struck out two and did not walk a batter
  • Junior second baseman Paul Witt reached base twice and finished 1-for-3 at the plate with a stolen base. He also made a sliding catch in right field in the seventh inning to rob UVA's Logan Michaels of a base hit
  • Hibbitts finished 1-for-4 and drove in both VCU runs
  • VCU junior starter Connor Gillisepie tossed four innings and allowed a pair of runs on five hits
  • Virginia's Devin Ortiz picked up his fourth win (4-0) of the season following 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief
  • Third baseman Zack Gelhof slugged three of UVA's eight hits, including a second inning double, and scored two runs

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Hibbitts gave the Rams a chance in the ninth. The left-handed hitting sophomore hammered the second pitch he saw off Virginia closer Kyle Whitten over the wall in right field. But Whitten recovered to retire the next two batters in order for his ninth save of the season
  • The Cavaliers got on the board in the top of the second. Gelhof led off and ripped a ball just inside the third base bag for a double. Two batters later, Jack Weiller singled to right to drive Gelhof home
  • UVA tacked on a run in the third on an RBI single by Brendan Rivoli, as well as one more in the sixth on a base hit by Nate Eikhoff

NEXT UP
VCU will head to Lexington, Va. to take on VMI on Wednesday, May 1 at 6 p.m.