It took a little time, but the potent Virginia offense everyone expected to see looks to be materializing. After having to pull out their share of 3-2 and 2-1-style wins during the season's first month, the third-ranked Cavs have scored seven runs or more in five of their last six games, including Wednesday night's 10-0 demolition of George Washington.
Leadoff man Branden Cogswell led the charge, tying a career-high with four hits and collecting two RBIs. Every UVa. starter had at least one hit and seven different hitters had RBIs, as the Cavs used two big innings, a four-run second and four-run eighth, to pull away. The Cavs also got back senior righty Artie Lewicki, who threw three scoreless innings in his first start since Feb. 19. The win was Virginia's eighth straight, and it has lost only one home game all season.
On to the rest of Wednesday's action in what was a fairly light night.
Top 25 Results
• No. 16 Clemson did all of its scoring in the fifth inning then had to fend off a late Winthrop rally to win 4-2, as the Eagles stranded the tying runs on base in the ninth. Clate Schmidt (5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER) picked up his fourth win of the season for Clemson.
• Oregon broke a 5-5 tie with six runs in the top of the fifth and kept tacking on from there, winning 14-5 at Gonzaga. The No. 19 Ducks pounded out 18 hits, led by Kyle Garlick (4-for-5), who homered in the second and finished a triple shy of the cycle.
• Alex Bregman and Sean McMullen homered in No. 20 Louisiana State's 10-3 win against McNeese State. The win was the 1,200th in the career of LSU coach Paul Mainieri.
• Six Mississippi pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the No. 23 Rebels snapped a four-game losing streak by taking care of 8-20 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 11-1.
Highlight of the Night
If you were looking a for a dramatic ending, you can't do much better than this catch by North Carolina State center fielder Jake Fincher. With the Wolfpack leading 3-2 in the ninth, East Carolina had the bases loaded with two outs when Zach Houchins hit a fly ball to right-center that would have given the Pirates the lead.