CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The High Point University baseball team fell to No. 21 Virginia, 12-3, on Wednesday at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, Va. Junior Scott Glover hit his first career homerun in the game.
Junior Jacob Newbery game up four runs on five hits in three innings of work on a designated staff day and took the loss. He drops to 3-6 for the season. Newberry retired the first six batters in the game but gave up all four runs in the third inning.
Senior Scott Silverstein got the win for the Cavaliers, his third win of the year. He went two innings and allowed one run on two hits with one strikeout.
Virginia took the lead in the third inning, scoring four runs off Newberry. The Cavaliers led off the inning with two straight singles and Keith Werman drove in the first run with a squeeze bunt. After two more singles third baseman Stephen Bruno doubled to make it a 4-1 Virginia lead.
Senior Nick Schumacher came in to pitch the fourth inning. UVA tacked on two unearned runs in the inning, capitalizing on an error by freshman Dane McDermott in centerfield and a pass ball by freshman catcher Josh Spano. Virginia led 6-2 after four innings.
McDermott doubled off the rightfield wall in the first inning. Sean Wilson drove him in with a single to rightfield to stake HPU to an early 1-0 lead.
Junior Scott Glover accounted for High Point’s second run with a pinch-hit home run in the fifth inning. Glover took the first pitch from Virginia reliever Shane Halley over the rightfield wall for his first collegiate homer.
The Cavaliers added six runs in the seventh inning, three off junior Matt Armstead and three off junior Jordan Foster.
Ryne Rush’s hit streak was snapped at seven games with his 0-3 night. He did drive in a run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
High Point drops to 23-25 for the season while No. 21 Virginia moves to 32-14.
The Panthers will play at Liberty this weekend in Big South Conference action. Games on Friday and Saturday will begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s contest will begin at 2 p.m.