Virginia Steamrolls Top-Seeded Irish to Claim Pool A in the ACC Baseball Tournament

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CHARLOTTE (WFXR) – Virginia ace and former Halifax County star pitcher Andrew Abbott generally doesn’t need a ton of run support, but his teammates took no chances on Friday.
The eighth-seeded Cavaliers parlayed four home runs and 14 total hits into a 14-1 win over top-seeded Notre Dame in the Pool A finale of the ACC Baseball Championship at Truist Park. Virginia (29-22) earned the spot opposite ninth-seeded Duke (30-10) in Saturday’s 1 p.m. semifinal game (ACC Network).
Virginia, which plays its home games at spacious Disharoon Park, had hit 30 home runs in 50 games prior to Friday. Notre Dame starter John Michael Bertrand, an All-ACC first-team pitcher, had allowed only four home runs in 74.2 innings.
Neither stat meant a lot on Friday, as the Cavaliers’ bats sprang to life in the second inning.
Two-run homers by Nic Kent and Alex Tappen, followed by a solo shot by Jake Gelof, put Virginia up 5-0 and chased Bertrand from the game before the Fighting Irish recorded an out in the inning. Kent’s home run was his seventh of the season. Tappen had homered once in 98 previous at-bats, and Gelof’s round-tripper was his first of the year.

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