The seventh-ranked Virginia Tech baseball team erased an early 4-0 deficit and rallied past 11th-ranked Virginia 7-5 on Sunday to wrap up a three-game ACC series at Disharoon Park in Charlottesville.
With the win, the Hokies (31-10, 14-8 ACC) clinched the series with the Cavaliers (33-12, 14-10). This is the first time Tech has ever won an ACC baseball series in Charlottesville.
The Tech baseball team secured the clinching point for the Virginia Tech athletic program in the Commonwealth Clash all-sports competition with Virginia. The Hokies now lead the Commonwealth Clash 11.5-7.5 with only two available points remaining at the ACC outdoor track and field championships. This is the first time Tech has won the Clash since 2018.
The Hokies won for the 21st time in their last 25 baseball games.
Prior to Sunday’s loss, the Cavaliers were 26-0 when leading after three innings this season.
Virginia held a 4-0 lead after three innings, but Virginia Tech went on to score the game’s next seven runs to pull ahead. It was Tech’s biggest comeback win against UVa in 10 years.
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Gavin Cross broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh with a leadoff homer as part of a three-run Hokie outburst. Cade Hunter and Lucas Donlon each added an RBI single in that inning.
Reliever Graham Firoved, who earned a two-inning save in the opening game of the series, pitched the final 3 ⅔ innings Sunday to pick up his second win of the year for Virginia Tech. He allowed just one run.
UVa brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but Firoved induced a game-ending pop out to secure the victory and the series for the Hokies.
Cross had three hits and scored three runs in the win. Hunter added two hits and two RBIs, while Donlon had two hits and one RBI.
Tech cut the lead to 4-2 in the fourth. Eduardo Malinowski had a run-scoring sacrifice fly and Hunter had an RBI single.
The Hokies scored two more runs in the fifth to tie the game. Tanner Schobel had an RBI double and Jack Hurley had a run-scoring sacrifice fly.
Virginia’s Alex Tappen hit two home runs Sunday.
Chris Newell also hit a home run for the Cavaliers. The junior led off the second inning with a solo shot that traveled 446 feet over the “blue monster” in center field.
Sunday marked the first time that Virginia has lost when homering three or more times in a game this season. Coming into the weekend, the Cavaliers were 9-0 when hitting three or more out of the ballpark.
Virginia broke its three-game series attendance record with a three-day total of 16,277 fans. The previous record of 14,282 was established in 2014 in a three-game set against North Carolina.
The Roanoke Times contributed to this report.