BLACKSBURG —After a marathon 11-inning game that didn’t finish until close to midnight on Thursday, Virginia and Virginia Tech went at it again on Friday afternoon.
UVA came away with its second consecutive victory, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh for a 5-3 win.
The Cavaliers (32-21, 14-15 ACC) won 8-6 Thursday night after falling behind 6-2 in the fourth. Thursday’s game took 5:31 to play, making it the longest game ever for either team.
Virginia’s Nate Eikhoff laid down a bunt in the 11th inning that scored Cam Simmons with the go-ahead run when Jack Owens, covering first, couldn’t field third baseman Kevin Madden’s throw. The Cavaliers added another run on a double-play ground out, then got a scoreless bottom half of the frame from Andrew Abbott.
The 8-6 loss, combined with Boston College’s win over Notre Dame, dashed Tech’s hopes of making the ACC tournament.
The Hokies took an early 2-0 lead on Friday on a pair of home runs, but the bullpen couldn’t hold a late lead once again.
It was Tech’s fourth straight loss and ninth in the past 10 games.
Virginia starting pitcher Chesdin Harrington (5-1) got into a groove, retiring 11 straight after Dalton Harum’s one-out single in the fourth. He exited the game after giving up a ground-rule double to Kerry Carpenter in the eighth inning.
Logan Michaels tied the game 2-2, coming around to score after right-hander Connor Yoder loaded the bases and walked in a run. Brendan Rivoli knocked in a pair of runs with an RBI double, and the Cavaliers added another run on a sacrifice fly from Zach Gelof.
Freshman Nick Biddison (St. Christopher’s) gave the Hokies an early 1-0 lead with a towering shot over the left field fence leading off the second inning. The home run tied him with three other former Hokies for second all-time for home runs in a season by a freshman.
Virginia 000 001 400 — 5 10 0
Virginia Tech 011 000 001 — 3 7 0
W: Harrington (5-1). L: Yoder (1-1). S: Abbott (3). HR: VT: Carpenter 1. Records: UVa 32-21, 14-15 ACC; VT 25-27, 8-21
VCU 3, George Mason 2: Relievers Curtis Bafus and Benjamin Dum combined for five scoreless innings, and the Rams clinched the Atlantic 10 regular-season title with a victory over the Patriots (19-34, 5-18) in Fairfax.
The title gives VCU (38-17, 18-5) the No. 1 seed in next week’s conference tournament.
Dum pitched three perfect innings to notch his fourth save.
VCU 110 100 000 — 3 5 1
George Mas. 002 000 000 — 2 7 0
W: Bafus (3-2). L: Marconi (3-8). S: Dum (4). Records: VCU 38-17, 18-15 A-10; GMU 19-34, 5-18
Saint Louis 9, Richmond 7: A ninth-inning rally was stymied with the tying run at second base as the Billikens edged the Spiders at Pitt Field.
Saint Louis scored three runs in the top of the frame to expand its lead to four. In the bottom of the frame, Richmond (26-23-1, 12-8 A-10) benefited from a throwing error, two walks and a wild pitch to close the gap to three. A double by Kyle Schmidt drove in another, but newly inserted Saint Louis reliever Jackson Wark handled the final two outs.
Saint Louis 000 240 003 — 9 9 2
Richmond 002 201 002 — 7 10 1
W: Luther (8-3). L: McGuigan (2-4). S: Wark (2). HR: SL: Livorsi 1, Garella 1. Records: Saint Louis 25-27, 13-10 A-10; Richmond 26-23-1, 12-8