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UVa Freshman Pitcher Brandon Waddell Leads #25 UVa Baseball to Win Over Toledo

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UVA freshman pitcher Brandon Waddell struck out 15 of the 25 batters he faced, and led the Virginia baseball team to a 15-0 win over Toledo in Game One of a three-game series.

Head coach Brian O'Connor says, "You can see why we like him so much. He's very poised, he's very calm out there, and just trusts his stuff."

"My goals was just to go out there and throw strikes," says Waddell. "Attack the zone, attack the hitters, and that's what I just went out there and did."

The southpaw from Houston, Texas, pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just six hits.

The 15 strikeouts were the most by a Cavalier rookie since Seth Greisinger recorded 16 in 1994 against North Carolina, and Waddell's total is the most by any Cavalier pitcher since Danny Hultzen had 15 about two years ago.

O'Connor says, "Brandon Waddell was outstanding. He was in complete command of all of his pitches. I'm really proud of him and the way he came out and threw the baseball. From an offensive standpoint, it was great to see us play such good team baseball. When you play the game the right way from a team offensive standpoint, the game will reward you."

The Cavaliers had 15 hits, as the 'Hoos improve to 5-0 on the season. 

UVA third baseman Nick Howard went 4-for-5 with 3 hits, including two doubles and 3 RBI.  

Branden Cogswell also had 3 hits.

Virginia and Toledo play again Saturday at 1pm at Davenport Field.

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