The Virginia baseball team achieved a remarkable feat on Wednesday by finishing the regular season undefeated in non-conference play with an 8-0 victory over Radford at Disharoon Park. This historic accomplishment marks the first time in the program’s history that the Cavaliers have gone unbeaten against non-ACC opponents, posting a perfect 25-0 record in non-conference action.
Virginia’s pitching staff played a crucial role in securing the milestone, as seven different Cavalier pitchers combined for a shutout, holding Radford to just four hits while tallying a total of 12 strikeouts. Connelly Early started the game but pitched only one inning before Jack O’Connor took over and delivered three perfect innings with five strikeouts, earning the win. Angelo Tonas, Brian Edgington, Bradley Hodges, Kevin Jaxel, and Jay Woolfolk each contributed a scoreless inning in relief.
On the offensive side, Virginia wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a solo home run from Ethan Anderson in the second inning. The Cavaliers added another run in the third on an RBI double down the right field line by Anthony Stephan. In the fourth inning, Virginia extended their lead with an RBI infield single from Jake Gelof and an RBI groundout from Anderson. Gelof and Anderson combined to drive in five of the team’s eight runs.
After two scoreless innings, Griff O’Ferrall contributed an RBI single to center field in the seventh, and in the eighth, Gelof scored on a combination of walks and an error, increasing Virginia’s lead to 8-0. The stellar pitching performance made the lead more than enough for the Cavaliers to secure the win.
With the victory, Virginia’s overall record improves to 38-11, with an impressive 29-4 record at home this season. The team now looks ahead to their final ACC series of the regular season against Louisville, with the first game scheduled for Friday.