UVA hits walk-off in extras to advance to Super Regionals originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Senior first baseman Devin Ortiz had already helped save Virginia’s season when he came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th in the Cavaliers’ win-or-go-home regional playoff game against Old Dominion on Tuesday. With Virginia’s pitching staff more taxed than it had been all year, the former two-way player returned to the mound and delivered four innings of scoreless baseball to start the game.
Yet Ortiz’s work was not done, as he launched a solo homer in that 10th inning at-bat to clinch UVA a spot in the Super Regionals for the seventh time in program history.
Ortiz had thrown just two innings all season prior to the contest. But injuries to two of the Cavaliers’ top starters thrust Ortiz back to the mound and he delivered. Facing ODU’s ace Hunter Gregory, Ortiz struck out six while walking two and allowing just one hit to get Virginia to the middle innings.
A water cooler shower was in order after the game.
After losing their first game of the regionals, the Cavaliers won four straight elimination games to keep their season alive. Their next opponent will be Dallas Baptist, with the Super Regional series beginning Saturday at noon. The winner of that three-game set will go on to play in the College World Series.