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#1 UVa Baseball Winning Despite Lack of Scoring

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Mike Papi is one of just three UVa players batting over .300 this season Mike Papi is one of just three UVa players batting over .300 this season

The Virginia baseball team has won 30 games this season.

Ten of those wins have been by just one run, and they've scored three-runs or less fourteen times this year.

The NCAA changed the rules regarding bats in 2011, so metal bats performed more like the wood bats the pros use.

The result has been offensive lows not seen in college baseball since the 1970's

A few years ago, a popular way to describe the difference between college and Major League Baseball was 'More Ping, Less Bling.'

The metal bats used by the student-athletes not only provided a distinct sound, they also provided a lot of offense.

UVa head coach Brian O'Connor says, "You see all these games that are 3-2, and 4-3. Certainly, when they made the change to the bats a few years ago, it made a big difference."

Virginia scored just five total runs while taking two out of three games against Clemson this past weekend, and just one home run was hit during the entire series.

"That wasn't the case four and five years ago," says O'Connor.  "You'd play a team like Clemson, and there might be four or five balls hit out of the ballpark."

Without the benefit of the long-ball, O'Connor says it's much more difficult to score.

"Having to collect hits, to get three hits to score a run, it's difficult to do," says the Virginia head coach.  "It's difficult to have a big inning, unless the other team screws up, quite frankly."

The NCAA will use a baseball with flat seams in 2015, which is more similar to the one the pros use, and has been shown by researchers to fly farther.

Until that time, O'Connor says he's learning to adapt.

"You have to figure out what do we need to do on a consistent basis to win college baseball games," says O'Connor.  "I think we're doing those things, and that is great pitching, and playing really good defense."

UVA is #1 in the nation in Fielding Percentage and Hits allowed per Nine innings.

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