The Wolfpack fell 2-1 to No. 14 Virginia in the series opener Friday night, as the Cavaliers capitalized on an early scoring opportunity and rode the momentum to secure the result.
In a matchup between two ACC foes, the Wolfpack were tripped up early, as the Cavaliers drew first blood in the first inning. Virginia’s Brendan Rivoli singled up the middle, allowing Nate Eikhoff to score and give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead.
The Wolfpack responded in the second inning with one of their own, as David Vazquez launched a solo shot to tie the game up at 1-1. Despite the advantage gained, the Wolfpack were unable to press their advantage, as the Cavaliers’ defense held steady.
The deadlock was broken in the sixth inning, as the Cavaliers were able to capitalize on a Wolfpack mistake. After a wild pitch allowed Eikhoff to reach second base, he was able to take advantage of a throwing error by the Wolfpack to score the game-winning run.
The Cavaliers rode the momentum to the finish line, as their defense stood tall to secure the victory. The Wolfpack, meanwhile, were unable to find an answer to Virginia’s offense, ultimately succumbing 2-1.