Virginia’s No. 21 baseball team showcased their skills in all aspects of the game, delivering a commanding 15-5 victory over Louisville in the series opener at Disharoon Park. The Cavaliers’ dominant performance featured three home runs and a total of 16 hits, marking their first series-opening win in over a month.
Right from the start, Virginia demonstrated their defensive prowess, as freshman left fielder Harrison Didawick made an impressive leaping catch at the wall to deny Louisville’s leadoff batter, Christian Knapczyk, an extra-base hit. Ethan O’Donnell replicated the feat in the fourth inning, making a similar leaping catch in right-center field. Additionally, the Cavaliers turned crucial inning-ending double plays in the second and third innings, supporting starting pitcher Nick Parker, who faced the minimum of nine batters through the first three innings.
Parker received ample support from the Virginia offense, which wasted no time in scoring runs. A two-out rally in the bottom of the first inning saw Jake Gelof and Kyle Teel draw walks, extending the inning. Ethan Anderson then crushed a three-run home run over the right-field wall, scoring Gelof and Teel.
The Cavaliers broke the game wide open in the fifth inning with another two-out rally. Ethan O’Donnell started with a leadoff walk and eventually scored on Anderson’s RBI double down the right field line, tying the UVA single-season doubles record with his 23rd double of the year. Anthony Stephan and Henry Godbout contributed to the scoring with an RBI groundout and a three-run home run, respectively, bringing the Cavaliers’ run total to 10.