The seventh-ranked Virginia baseball team knocked off VCU, 11-3, Tuesday evening in front of 4,104 fans at The Diamond in Richmond, Va. In a game that was played in a steady mist throughout the night, the Cavaliers (39-8) recorded 14 hits while eight of their nine position starters earned at least one hit.
Mike Papi (So., Tunkhannock, Pa.) went 3-for-3 and reached base safely in all six of his plate appearances; he entered the game ranked second nationally in on-base percentage (.523). Branden Cogswell (So., Ballston, Lake, N.Y.) was 2-for-4 and scored three times, while Jared King (R-Sr., Radford, Va.), Brandon Downes (So., South Plainfield, N.J.) and Joe McCarthy (Fr., Scranton, Pa.) each had two hits.
Virginia pitchers did not allow an unearned run. Starter Nathan Kirby (Fr., Midlothian, Va.) worked two scoreless innings and allowed just a walk to earn the win and improve to 3-1. Josh Sborz (Fr., McLean, Va.), David Rosenberger (Fr., Bethlehem, Pa.), Whit Mayberry (R-Jr., Alexandria, Va.) and Brett Lisle (R-Fr., Highlands Ranch, Colo.) combined to limit VCU (21-22) to four hits and no walks over the final seven innings. Lisle made his UVa debut by tossing a scoreless ninth inning.
After a nine-day break for final exams, Virginia returns to the field May 10-12 against Duke at Davenport Field. UVa then plays host to VCU on May 14 before wrapping up the regular season May 16-18 at top-ranked North Carolina.
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