COLUMBIA, S.C. — Devin Ortiz pitched four scoreless innings and hit a walk-off homer in the 10th as Virginia earned the final spot in the Super Regionals with a 4-3 victory over Old Dominion on Tuesday.
Ortiz had only pitched two innings all season due to a shoulder injury, but he got the start in the deciding game of the Columbia Regional. Ortiz struck out six while allowing just one hit and two walks, and his eighth home run of the season ended in a Gatorade shower at home plate.
Virginia (33-24) won four straight elimination games to get to its seventh super regional in program history — the first since 2015. The Cavaliers will face Dallas Baptist this weekend.
The Cavaliers scored two runs in the eighth to tie it — both on wild pitches. Closer Stephen Schoch (4-1) threw 75 pitches in 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned, while striking out five.
Old Dominion (44-16) was seeking its first appearance in a super regional.
Old Dominion starter Hunter Gregory was perfect going into the sixth before Logan Michaels doubled with one out. Jason Hartline came in and got the final two outs of the inning.
It was the first time since 1999 that six regional Game 7’s reached extra innings.
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