Monday Motivation: March 10

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Ok, so not the best week. Still, there's plenty to be excited about in Hooville.

This was inevitable. I knew eventually I would be faced with putting together a Monday Motivation that did not follow a week of complete and utter domination by Virginia.

However, there are still plenty of things to highlight from the past week. Let's do this.

The No. 1 ranked Virginia baseball team earned their first ACC series victory by taking two out of three games against Duke over the weekend.

Virginia won the first of a double header on Saturday, a game in which second year pitcher Nathan Kirby was phenomenal from the mound. In a career day, Kirby notched nine strikeouts, allowing only one walk and one hit. Mike "Hoos Your" Papi went yard in the game as Virginia got the victory 3-2.

In the final game of the series, the Hoos snuck out of Durham with a 2-1 win behind solid pitching and defense. The victory gave Virginia their sixth straight series victory over the Blue Devils.

Also, they wore these on Sunday:

In Hoos in the NFL news, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Virginia alum and all-around awesome tight end Heath Miller to a three year contract extension. Steeler fans are lucky to have HEEEEEATH staying in the black and yellow.

The No. 7 men's golf team will participate in the Palmetto Intercollegiate as part of their two-tournament spring break trip, starting today. On a practice round on Saturday, senior golfer Ben Rusch had a pretty good day...

Mark Cockerton of the men's lacrosse team scored a hat trick on Saturday against Cornell, giving him four straight games with at least three goals. In that same span, he has scored 18 goals and leads the NCAA with 25 goals scored and 34 overall points. Teammate James Pannell is nipping at his heels in second place in goals scored with 24.

In ESPN's Top Ten of the month, Ryan Tucker's buzzer beater and Pannell's subsequent game winner against Loyola made the cut.

Sunday, No. 5 women's tennis blanked Maryland 7-0 in a complete demolition of the Terps. The Hoos now have a 9-3 record, going 4-1 in the ACC.

The best news of the week, however, must be that the men's basketball team (and by default, Virginia fans) never have to go back to the University of Maryland for another game.

No more 'you suck' chants. No more College Park. No more interactions with the charming locals. No more grown men who vociferously cheer when players hit the ground hard and are apparently hurt. No more poorly executed court rushes.

Charlottesville Daily Progress writer Whitelaw "Whitey" Reid is not too sad to have visited Maryland for the last time, sending this out after the game:

This week, the Hoos look to rebound in the ACC Tournament, playing at noon on Friday in Greensboro against the winner of Maryland and Florida State. Games will be on ESPNU.

Stay positive, folks!

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