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Virginia Baseball: Hoos Drop Game 3 but Win Series Over No. 9 Miami

Miami's bats were just too much to overcome for the Hoos on Sunday, but the series win puts them in great position to make a run at the postseason.

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Sunday morning's tilt against the Miami Hurricanes didn't exactly go as planned for Virginia Baseball as they fell by a score of 8-6. Despite the loss, the weekend was still a tremendous success. Virginia did exactly what they had to do taking a series from a nationally ranked foe and playing some of their best all around baseball in the process. The Hoos now stand at 24-15 on the season, 9-12 in the ACC. The series win also improved Virginia's RPI from 47 going into the weekend to 35 according to Warren Nolan.

The Hoos didn't do themselves any favors spotting the Hurricanes three runs in the first and another run in the second before exploding for a five-run second inning that saw each of the nine Cavaliers in the lineup come to the plate. The lead was short lived however as Miami tied the game at five in the top of the third, then went ahead for good with a three-run fourth inning. At that point it looked like the game might be a track meet, but each of the two team's bullpens settled in and pitched spectacularly only giving up a total of three hits combined the rest of the way.

Brandon Waddell didn't have his best stuff giving up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits and five walks in 3.2 innings. The bullpen, behind the arms of Tommy Doyle, Kevin Doherty, and Alec Bettinger, however gave up a total of two hits and no runs in 5.1. At the plate, Daniel Pinero went 2-4 with 2 RBIs, while Adam Haseley and Robbie Coman chipped in two hits apiece. Coman finished the series 7-12 with 5 RBIs.

Virginia continues its current home stand on Tuesday when they host Longwood. First pitch is at 6 p.m.