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Virginia shuts down Miami (Ohio) behind Eden Bigham, advances to meet Tennessee

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Miami came into the 2024 NCAA Tournament leading the nation in scoring and homers. Virginia pitcher Eden Bigham put up zeroes in both in a 7-0 ‘Hoos win on Friday in Knoxville.

Bigham (15-7, 2.24 ERA) held the Redhawks (48-8) to two hits, striking out 10 and walking three in the complete-game effort.

UVA (33-18) got a pair of two-run homers from Macee Eaton and Jade Hylton.

Hylton was 3-for-4 on the day with the homer, two runs scored and three RBIs.

“I was really happy with the performance today,” said UVA coach Joanna Hardin, who picked up her first win in an NCAA Tournament as a head coach since 2016, when she took McNeese State to the tournament, and led that team to an upset of Arizona State in a first-round game.

“We just played really heads up softball,” Hardin said. “I’m really proud of the overall effort. I’m proud of what they brought today. We’re happy, but we’re not satisfied, and we have to come back ready to play tomorrow.”

Virginia will play the region’s top seed, Tennessee, the #3 national seed, in the winner’s bracket game on Saturday.

The Vols defeated Dayton, 3-0, on Friday.

First pitch is set for 1 p.m. ET and the game will be streamed on ESPN+.

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].