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From UVa athletics:

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The second-ranked Virginia baseball team blanked No. 14 Clemson, 1-0, Sunday at Davenport Field. The Cavaliers (30-6, 14-4 ACC) now have won all nine of their weekend series this year, including six in ACC play. Virginia has won eight straight conference series, dating to 2013, and nine straight home ACC series, dating to 2012.

The Sunday attendance of 4,840 lifted the three-game series total to 13,947, breaking the school's series record. The previous high was 13,890, set last year against Florida State. 

Virginia played its first 1-0 game since a 1-0 triumph over Marshall on March 8, 2011, and won its first 1-0 game in ACC play since May 13, 1994 against Florida State. The Cavaliers claimed their seventh straight series win over Clemson (21-14, 10-7) and have not dropped a series to the Tigers since 2005.

Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell (So., Houston, Texas) worked 6 1/3 shutout innings, giving up six hits and no walks while striking out four. Waddell (5-1) has recorded 14 1/3 straight shutout innings and has not walked a batter in his last 24 innings, dating to an intentional walk on March 24 at Miami. He has not issue an unintentional walk in his last 28 1/3 innings, dating to March 15 against Boston College. 

Whit Mayberry (R-Sr., Alexandria, Va.) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen, stranding runners on base in the seventh and eighth innings. Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.) gave up a first-pitch single in the ninth before retiring the next three batters in order to earn his league-leading 11th save of the year. 

Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.) had two of Virginia's four hits, while Daniel Pinero (Fr., Toronto, Ontario) reached base in all four of his plate appearances with a hit and three walks. Clemson finished with eight hits.

Clemson starter Jake Long (2-1) pitched five innings, giving up an earned run, four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in taking the defeat. 

Virginia scored the game's lone run in the third inning. With one out Robbie Coman (So., Lake Worth, Fla.) singled and then moved to third on a Cogswell single. Pinero walked to load the bases and Mike Papi (Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa.) hit a sinking liner to right which Steven Duggar laid out to catch. The sac fly brought Coman home.  

Clemson had base runners in seven of the nine innings, including each of the final four innings, but ended up stranding 10 runners in the game. 

Virginia continues its homestand Tuesday with a 6 p.m. matchup with Radford. The Cavaliers play host to North Carolina next Friday through Sunday (April 18-20) in a three-game ACC series; the Tar Heels were the last team to defeat UVa in a conference series in Charlottesville.

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From LU athletics:

 

FARMVILLE, Va. – Right-hander Parker Bean pitched the first complete game of his collegiate career and Liberty broke up a pitcher's duel with five runs in the sixth, as the Flames defeated the Longwood Lancers, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Bolding Stadium.

      Bean went the full nine innings for the first time in a Flames uniform, running his record to 6-1 on the year. The freshman, who came within two outs of a no-hitter last Sunday, did not allow Longwood a hit until the fifth inning, a single with one out. The right-hander gave up one run on five hits. He struck out 11 batters and walked one. Bean has struck out 27 batters in his last two outings.

      Second baseman Ryan Seiz had three hits and scored two runs in the contest. It is the ninth three-hit game for the second baseman this season. Catcher Danny Grauer provided the big hit in the sixth inning, connecting for a three-run home run, his fifth of the year.

      Liberty moves to 14-1 in Big South Conference play and 29-8 overall. The Flames have won seven-straight games. In addition, Liberty has won 12 consecutive Big South contests, a program record. Longwood drops to 4-11 in conference and 14-23 overall.

      After the five innings went scoreless, Liberty sent 10 men to the plate and struck for five runs in the sixth. Seiz beat out an infield single and advanced to second on an errant throw by Lancers pitcher Aaron Myers to lead off the inning. Seiz then moved to third, as designated hitter Becker Sankey reached on a field error by Longwood third baseman Alex Owens.  Shortstop Dalton Britt followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to plate the game's first run.

      After first baseman Alex Close walked,  Grauer belted the first pitch he saw from Myers out over the left field fence to give Liberty a 4-0 advantage. Third baseman Dylan Allen then walked and moved to second two batters later, when left fielder Nick Lacik was hit by a pitch. Right fielder Will Shepherd followed with a two-out single to score Allen for a 5-0 lead.

      In the seventh, Longwood broke through against Bean for its only run of the game. Right fielder Brandon Delk led off the inning with his seventh home run of the year to make it, 5-1 Flames. The home run was the first run allowed by Bean during a span of 20 1/3 innings.

      Liberty added an insurance run in the ninth. With one out, Seiz walked and moved to second on a single by Andrew Yacyk, who entered the game in the seventh inning as the Flames' designated hitter.  Two batters later, Close dropped a run-scoring single into center field for what proved to be the final score of 6-1.

      Longwood Myers drops to 4-3 on the season. The right-hander gave up four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. One of three Lancers to pitch in the contest, he struck out five and walked four batters.

      Liberty returns home to host the Virginia Tech Hokies, tomorrow night at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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From VT athletics:

BLACKSBURG – Just like in Saturday's game, Virginia Tech baseball trailed Maryland by two entering the later frames of the contest. However, unlike the day before, the Hokies were able to get the tying runs home in the sixth and the go-ahead runs in the seventh and held on for a 6-4 victory on Sunday afternoon at English Field.

The victory also gave the Hokies the ACC series win over the Terrapins, their sixth straight against Maryland, and improved the team to 7-11 in the ACC – the exact same mark as last year's squad 18 games into the conference season.

The scene was similar to the Saturday game in that Tech was able to get runners on base early, but stranded seven through the first five frames and hit into three double plays – two with the bases loaded.

Maryland (21-13, 7-10 ACC) used two runs in the fourth – RBIs from Nick Cieric and Jose Cuas – and a run in the fifth on a LaMonte Wade single to erase a one-run deficit and take a 3-1 lead.

But the Hokies continued to put pressure on the Terrapins, chasing their starter Jake Drossner in the fifth and finally breaking through with the tying runs in the sixth.

An RBI double off the bat of Ricky Surum brought home Sean Keselica and was followed by an RBI single by Ryan Tufts to knot the score at 3-3.

Tech starter Brad Markey lasted 6.1 innings before being relieved by Jon Woodcock in the seventh after walking Tim Lewis with one out. Woodcock would get Charlie White to ground into a double play – Tech's third turned in the game – to end the frame.

They then took the lead in the home half of the seventh as they sent nine Hokies to the plate. Mark Zagunis doubled, Brendon Hayden walked and after Phil Sciretta sacrificed them a base, Keselica was intentionally walked.

Kyle Wernicki, who scored on a wild pitch in the second, was then hit by a pitch to plate the go-ahead run and Surum and Tufts did it again with RBI singles to push the Tech lead to 6-3.

Maryland added an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth, but Tanner McIntyre came on to pick up his first career save for the Hokies, while Woodcock improved to 1-1 with the win.

Tufts ended the day with four hits, while Surum and Zagunis each had three.

Tech (17-17-1, 7-11 ACC) returns to action on Monday night as the team travels to Lynchburg to face Liberty in a contest set for 7 p.m.

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From LC athletics:

Lynchburg lost to Roanoke 9-7, dropping to 20-9 on the season. To see the box score CLICK HERE.

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VMI scored twice in the top of the 16th and won 4-2 over High Point to win the series 2-1.

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