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'Hoos Beat Heels 8-7 in 11 Innings to Win Series 2-1

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The #7 UVa baseball team beat North Carolina in a wild game 8-7 in 11 innings Saturday to win the three game series 2-1.

Virginia scored four times in the top of the 11th inning.  

UNC scored three times in the bottom of 11th and almost won the game, but Virginia's Mike Papi made a leaping grab at the wall on a Skye Bolt blast and then Papi helped turned a double play at first base to end the game.

UVa first baseman Jared King said, "That's one of the craziest double plays to end a game I've ever seen. You went from them having all the momentum, ball of the bat you think it might be gone, a walk off (home run), it's just one of those plays."

Mike Papi said, "Just going back to the wall and hoping it was going to stay in and it did by a few inches, I just turned around and threw to second. It really surprised me when Reed was running towards first, what's he doing? Then he flips to Jared.  The runner didn't tag up."

Coach Brian O'Connor added, "That was one of those special wins right there that you figure out how to get it done on the road and I'm just really proud of our guys."

Virginia finishes the regular season with a record of 45-8. 

The 45 ties a school record for most wins in the regular season.

The Cavaliers will be the 3-seed for next week's ACC Tournament. 

Virginia will be in a pool with 2-seed Florida State, 6-seed Virginia Tech and 7-seed Georgia Tech.

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