Mederos (1-3) was lifted after only two innings, allowing four earned runs and walking two batters, as Miami (17-10, 10-9 Atlantic Coast Conference) fell behind early on a three-run Pittsburgh attack in the second frame.
“So, it is the wild, wild West, we anticipated this happening," Larrañaga said. "We’ve had a number of our guys announce [their decisions] and we’ve had a number of our guys still in wait-and-see mode."
Sitting at 5-6 in ACC competition entering another three-game set, Miami essentially needed this series victory over Virginia to keep its hopes alive for at least a berth in the NCAA Regionals, let alone to have a chance to host for the first time since 2016.
Freshman left-handed closer Carson Palmquist struck out a career-high six batters, including the final three, through two-and-one-third innings, as Miami held off Virginia (9-12, 3-10 ACC) 8-6 in the ninth inning at Davenport Field on Friday.