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#3 UVa Baseball Handles JMU 13-2

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The #3 Virginia Baseball team improves to 12-3 on the season as they racked up 16 hits to bring home a 13-2 win over James Madison at Davenport Field.

Virginia brought in 8 runs in the bottom of the third inning to help seal their 13-2 victory.

"When you're really swinging the bats well - its contagious," said UVa head coach Brian O'Connor. "There's more of a positive feeling. It allows your pitchers to go out there and attack on the mound and throw strikes and be aggressive. It just creates a looser environment."

The 'Hoos Mike Papi had a standout performance. The Junior homered twice and drove in three runs. Papi said, "To handle the ball and keep the other team down from scoring when we're struggling, but to having a day like this really boosts the morale."

UVa's starting batting order had a huge day. Branden Cogswell and Daniel Pinero each went 3-of-4 at the plate.

This marked the Cavaliers 14 straight game giving up three runs or fewer.

Freshman pitcher Connor Pitcher worked his first career start on the mound for the 'Hoos. In four innings, the first year allowed a run and two hits, while striking out two.

The 'Hoos will host Boston College this weekend (March 14-16) in a three-game ACC series.

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