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Virginia Baseball has officially become Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Either the offense shows up or the pitching dominates.

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Raise your hand if you know what is going on with this UVa baseball team. Anyone? Anybody at all? Because I sure as Hell don't have any idea.

Case in point: in the last two days they have played two games and either the offense showed up or the pitching dominated.

On Tuesday, Alec Bettinger and Kevin Doherty combined to hold Georgetown to just one run on five hits. They also vastly improved from the weekend by issuing just two walks. That should have been more than enough to earn a midweek victory over the Hoyas.

Unfortunately, the offense had, arguably, its worst game under Coach O'Connor. The Cavaliers only registered two hits the entire game, and just as many base runners. The 1-0 loss was the first Cavalier loss under Coach O'Connor to Georgetown and the first loss to the Hoyas since 1987.

On Wednesday against Liberty, the offense showed back up and the pitching did just enough to make sure the Hoos got their 15th win of the season. All but one Cavalier in the lineup had a hit and five had multiple hits on the afternoon. The most damage was done in the fourth inning when UVa sent ten batters to the plate and scored six runs on six hits. In all, the offense put up ten runs on fifteen hits and five walks.

And while the pitching was oh so dominant on Tuesday, the staff gave up seven runs on nine hits. Ultimately, they did enough to preserve the victory, but perhaps most troubling was Josh Sborz being wasn't able to close out the game without being touched for a run. The run raised the UVa closer's ERA to 4.00 on the season and keeps his WHIP at 1.00.

Since it was not a save situation, Sborz might not have had the same mindset as other closing spots, which is a common trait among relievers. But I am sure the coaching staff wants Josh to come out and start dominating the 9th inning as the closers before him did.

The win moved UVa's record to 15-8 and hopefully got the boys back on the right track after struggling in the previous three games. The Hoos travel to South Bend for their first ACC weekend against the Fighting Irish.