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Virginia Baseball: Miami Bats too much as Hoos fall 9-2

Hurricanes explode for nine runs in their final 3 at bats, and are just too much for Virginia on Saturday night. The Cavaliers look to take the series on Sunday

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Through five innings on Saturday, this looked like an old fashioned pitcher's dual. Adam Haseley and Miami's Michael Mediavilla went blow for blow, shutting down two prolific offenses through five and a half innings. Then Miami's bats finally woke up. They loaded the bases in the sixth and got runs off a single, sacrifice fly, and a Virginia throwing error on a run down that would have ended the inning. By that point, Miami had a 3-0 lead which is all it would take.

Haseley was terrific, holding the potent Hurricanes lineup at bay through five innings. On the night he threw seven innings, giving up four runs (one earned), on only five hits, and two walks to go along with three strike outs. But it was the Virginia offense that was stagnant. Give all the credit to Mediavilla though as he held the Hoos to only one hit, though he did walk five through six innings.

Virginia was within striking distance, down four through eight when the floodgates opened. Back to back home runs by Jacob Hayward and Willie Abreu off David Rosenberger in the eighth put the game out of reach for the Hoos.

Justin Novak led the Hoos at the plate with two hits, a walk, and an RBI.

The teams face off in the rubber match of their three game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN3. Alec Bettinger will be on the hill for the Hoos as they look to improve on their 25-17 record, gain some ground on Coastal leading Miami, and solidify their hold on second place in the division.