No. 8 Virginia (33-6, 14-5 ACC) showcased the long ball in game one of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon clubbing three home runs en route to a 9-2 victory over No. 6 Florida State (31-7, 13-6 ACC) Saturday afternoon on Davenport Field inside UVa Baseball Stadium.
The Cavaliers out hit the Seminoles 10-6 as three of the 10 hits went for extra bases but unfortunately for FSU all three of those extra base hits left the ball park.
Luke Weaver (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he allowed a career-high seven runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, his shortest outing in eight starts this year. The DeLand, Fla., native finished with five strikeouts while walking a season-high three batters.
Six of the nine runs scored by Virginia came off the long ball as all three home runs allowed by Weaver were two-run shots. It marked the first time since June 11, 2010 that a Florida State pitcher gave up three home runs in a game. In that contest, Geoff Parker gave up three in a 9-8 victory over Vanderbilt in NCAA Super Regional play.
UVA starter Brandon Waddell improved to 3-1 on the year as he held the Seminoles to just a run on four hits. The freshman left hander finished with three walks and three strikeouts as the only runner he allowed past second base came in FSU's run scoring third inning.
D.J. Stewart paced the Seminole offense in the loss collecting two of FSU's six hits as the freshman left fielder finished 2-for-4 with a double and a single. Both Seminole runs were scored courtesy of a sac-fly with one in the second by Stephen McGee and the other by Marcus Davis in the eighth.
Virginia struck first in game one on a two-out, two-run home run off the bat of Nick Howard in the bottom of the second to give the Cavaliers an early 2-0 lead. Mike Papi drew a walk and scored two batters later when Howard took a 1-1 pitch from Weaver out of the park to left for his first career home run.
The Seminoles put runners at the corners with one out in the top of the third and cut the deficit in half on McGee's sac-fly to center plating Seth Miller, who reached on a fielder's choice groundout to second.
The Cavaliers got the run back in the bottom of the inning to push their lead back to two at 3-1. Back-to-back one-out walks by Weaver would come back to hurt the Seminole right hander as Joe McCarthy laced an RBI single back up the middle scoring Branden Cogswell from second. Weaver escaped the inning without further damage getting a strikeout-throw out double play to retire the side. Brandon Downes went down swinging, while Jared King was thrown out by McGee trying to steal third.
Virginia increased its lead to 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on its second two-run home run of the afternoon. Papi led off the inning with a single to right and scored on Derek Fisher's fifth round tripper of the season. The ball came on a 2-1 pitch from Weaver and got caught up in the wind blowing out to left center to carry it out of the ball park.
Downes gave UVA a 7-1 lead in the fifth on the Cavaliers' third two-run home run of the afternoon. The Cavalier centerfielder went yard off Weaver with two outs for his sixth home run of the season, ending the afternoon for the Seminole starter.
Virginia added to its lead in the sixth taking advantage of a Seminole error to plate a run. Nate Irving reached on a fielding error at second, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out RBI single to right by King off reliever Kyle Bird. The Cavaliers looked to add more after loading the bases with back-to-back walks, but Dylan Silva replaced Bird and got Papi swinging on strikes to retire the side.
Florida State pushed across a run in the eighth to cut the lead to 8-2. Stewart led off the inning with a double to center off Whit Mayberry and moved to third on a single to right by Ladson Montgomery. Stewart scored a batter later on Davis' sac-fly to right.
The Cavaliers brought home its final run of game in the eighth on a sac-fly to center by Papi scoring Cogswell, who led off the inning with walk. UVa loaded the bases with one-out off Silva, but Kenny Burkhead came on and got the final two outs of the inning on a strikeout and groundout.