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Late surge propels Virginia baseball team past George Washington
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Late surge propels Virginia baseball team past George Washington

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The Virginia baseball team used a six-run surge over the final two innings to pick up a 7-2 win over George Washington on Tuesday at Barcroft Park in Arlington.

UVa senior Devin Ortiz broke a 1-1 stalemate in the eighth inning with two-RBI single to left field that plated Logan Michaels and Zack Gelof. It was the only hit of the day for Ortiz, who went 1-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. He has 10 RBI in his last seven games. Ortiz’s one-out hit sparked a four-run rally for the Cavaliers (11-13). Addie Burrow added an RBI single that scored Max Cotier.

The rally was capped with the fourth hit of the day by Chris Newell. The sophomore went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the contest, his first four-hit game of his Cavalier career. Newell also contributed an outfield assist that prevented George Washington from scoring the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.

In the ninth inning, Cotier plated the final two Cavalier runs with a two-out, two-run triple to the gap in right center. The second year went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBI.

While the Cavaliers found success at the plate late in the game, seven UVa pitchers combined to limit the Colonials to two runs on nine hits. Junior Zach Messinger was credited with his second win of the season after coming on in the seventh and pitching two scoreless frames.

Billy Price made the start for Virginia and tossed two scoreless innings. He struck out three batters, matching a career high. The Cavaliers improved to 6-0 all-time in games that has Price started.

Kyle Whitten and Brandon Neeck each contributed scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Blake Bales recorded the final two outs of the game to secure the victory. Neeck and Bales have yet to surrender a run this season in a combined 23.2 innings pitched.

Virginia will continue its road swing this weekend when it visits Georgia Tech for a three-game ACC series that begins on Thursday. First pitch in the series opener is slated for 7 p.m.

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