Wake Forest brutalizes UVA pitching in 18-12 win

uva baseballWake Forest (25-30, 13-17) scored runs in all but one turn at the plate in a 18-12 victory over UVA (28-24, 12-18) on the final day of the regular season.

Virginia erased a six-run deficit in the top of the sixth after erupting for five runs. The inning was capped by a pinch-hit, three-run home run by Jack Weiller (Waccabuc, N.Y.), his third-straight at bat with a home run. Prior to yesterday, he hadn’t had a home run in his previous 23 career at bats. The junior just missed a bid for a fourth-straight at bat with a homer after hitting the wall in right field in the top of the eighth. He finished the weekend 4-for-5 with four runs scored, three home runs and seven RBI.

As it did all afternoon, Wake Forest responded with a two-run bottom of the sixth to open up a 12-9 lead. The Cavaliers made one last effort, scoring three runs over its final two turns at the plate but weren’t able to tie the game or take a lead at any junction of the contest. The Demon Deacons put the game out of reach with a five-run eighth inning.

The Cavaliers amassed a season-high, 17 hits compared to 16 by the Demon Deacons. A total of 10 different Virginia hitters recorded a hit on the afternoon. Junior Jake McCarthy (Scranton, Pa.) matched a career-high with four base knocks, including three in his first three turns at the plate. He was 4-for-6 with three RBIs in the contest.

Caleb Knight (Checotah, Okla.), Justin Novak (Tokyo, Japan) and Cameron Comer (Powell, Ohio) rounded out the five multi-hit efforts put forth by Virginia hitters. To kick-off the scoring in Virginia’s five-run sixth inning, junior Andy Weber (Aurora, Ohio) belted his team-high, fifth home run of the season. The long ball was the second of the series.