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Virginia Throws A Bonkers No-Hitter



The season is just two weeks old, but Virginia(6-3) has already played the wildest game they will play all year.

The Cavaliers walked-off William & Mary in the 11th inning. With two outs and trailing by one, a throwing error allowed the tying and winning runs to score for a 4-3 Virginia win.

Considering everything else that happened, that finish could almost be seen as normal. The Cavaliers threw a combined no-hitter, one of the craziest no-hitters anyone will ever see. It took six pitchers to combine for the no-hitter, Virginia’s first since 2014 when Nathan Kirby held Pittsburgh hitless.

Despite being held without a hit William & Mary had plenty of baserunners--they reached on eight walks, a hit by pitch and four Virginia errors. Three Virginia wild pitches helped move those runners along.

Virginia was also the benefit of plenty of miscues. None of the Cavaliers four runs came as the result of a hit. The first run for Virginia scored during a double play, while the other three were all the results of errors.

Virginia starter Bobby Nicholson threw 5.1 hitless innings, but he also walked four and allowed one run. He left the game with a 2-1 lead. William & Mary tied the game in the seventh at two. The Tribe had a chance to take the lead in the eighth, but Mack Meyer picked up a crucial strikeout to finish the inning.

Virginia’s fifth reliever, Bennett Sousa, allowed only one walk in 2.2 hitless innings of relief as he carried the game into extra innings. But he almost ended up as a very undeserving loser thanks to three Virginia errors (all with two out) in the 11th which allowed William & Mary to score a run.

Nelson, Mat (Photo Courtesy Of Larry Novey Florida State)

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“You hear this all the time but if you stay around the game of baseball long enough you see something you haven’t seen before,” head coach Brian O’Connor told the school’s VirginiaSports.com. “An 11-inning no-hitter, a collection of guys that pitched good but made some big pitches at clutch times. To have to come back and win it at the end and to have a no-hitter on the same night, is really really special.”

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