Sophomore right-hander Ryan Smoyer, a third-team All-ACC selection, won his ninth decision without a loss this season as third-seeded Notre Dame (35-20) stayed in championship contention in the ACC baseball tournament with an 8-2 victory Friday over seventh-seeded Virginia (35-21).
Cavan Biggio, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, and Kyle Fiala each had two hits and two RBIs for the Fighting Irish. Biggio had a two-run triple in the sixth that made the score 6-2, and Fiala drove in a run with a double in the fourth and a groundout in the eighth.
Freshman right-hander Brandon Bielak picked up his first save with three innings of two-hit relief.
In their final pool games, Notre Dame will play second-seeded Miami at 3 p.m. Saturday, and Virginia will play sixth-seeded N.C. State at 7 p.m. Saturday. Virginia is eliminated from championship contention with its second loss in pool play, but Notre Dame (1-1 in pool play) still has a chance to advance. The Irish need for N.C. State to lose to Miami on Friday night and to Virginia on Saturday, and must beat Miami.
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Smoyer (9-0) scattered four hits over six innings, while striking out two and walking four. Two of his walks came in the third, before Matt Thaiss delivered a two-out, two-run double.
▪ Notre Dame jumped to a 3-0 lead after three innings despite hitting only one ball out of the infield, a leadoff single in the third by Fiala. The Irish capitalized on three walks, two infield hits and a two-out, two-run throwing error by UVa catcher Robbie Coman after a dropped third strike.
▪ A season-long problem hurt the Cavaliers again Friday, as three pitchers combined to surrender eight walks. Lefty starter Brandon Waddell (3-5) walked five in five innings, including three in the first when he walked in a run with the bases loaded. He struck out nine and allowed six runs, four earned.