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Cavalier Baseball Takes it Easy after 15 Inning Win

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The Cavaliers tossed a football at practice Wednesday The Cavaliers tossed a football at practice Wednesday

Wednesday wasn't your typical UVa baseball practice.

The coaches played ball with their sons. and some of the players threw around the pigskin.

After Tuesday night's 15-inning marathon, the guys deserved a light day of practice.

Junior centerfielder Brandon Downes says, "I couldn't tell you the last time we had one of those, but it's nice. It's nice to get rejuvenated, and come back out ready to play."

The 'Hoos are in the driver's seat after beating TCU 3-2 Tuesday in what matched the longest game in CWS history.

Sophomore rightfielder Joe McCarthy says, "Anytime, you play baseball that long, it's going to be draining, but we came out with the win. We were willing to play as long as it took to come out with that win. It's just a great feeling."

The 'Hoos have won back to back games at the CWS in walk-off fashion.

Scoring the winning run in both games as a pinch runner was Thomas Woodruff, a walk-on who hadn't played in a game in almost two months.

Woodruff says, "Some people might think that you're nervous, and things are running through your head that you normally don't feel, but honestly, we're out there everyday at practice. You go through that, you get those reps. As long as you take them as game-like reps, you're ready to go."

The guys say they'll watch TCU and Ole Miss battle on TV Thursday.

Virginia will play the winner of that game on Friday with a chance to clinch a berth in the CWS finals.

McCarthy says, "We'll be keeping an eye on who we're going to play on Friday, and also we're going to be spending some time with our family, just relaxing, and enjoying this experience."


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