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#13 Virginia downed by UMass, 10-5: First loss of 2024 season for Cavaliers

Chris Graham
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Jack O’Connor got touched up, again, this time for six runs, four earned, in three and two-thirds innings, and UMass handed Virginia its first loss of the season, 10-5, on Saturday at Disharoon Park.

O’Connor (0-1, 12.66 ERA), the Opening Day starter for the 13th-ranked ‘Hoos, has not been effective in any of his three starts this season, after a 2023 season in which he was 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA as the midweek starter for Brian O’Connor.

Back to the ol’ drawing board there.

He left with Virginia down 6-0 in the fourth. The Cavaliers did get back to 6-3 with a squeeze-bunt RBI from Anthony Stephan in the fifth and a pair of unearned runs in the sixth, but that was as close as it would get.

Casey Saucke was 3-for-5 at the plate for Virginia.

The rubber game is set for Sunday at 1 p.m., with Jay Woolfolk getting his second start of the season.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].