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Pavin Smith and Derek Casey Carry Hoos to Series Opening Victory

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Virginia Media Relations

Three straight Ws. That’s what they in the business call a “winning streak.”

After annihilating GW and ODU during the week, the Cavaliers exploded for 12 more runs in the series opener against Pitt.

12 Cavalier hitters combined for 17 hits and 12 runs. Andy Weber, Adam Haseley, and Robbie Coman all had Home Runs on the evening. Pavin Smith continued to be one of the best hitters in college baseball going three for six with two doubles, four RBI, and a run scored.

In all, 7 Hoos had multi-hit games. Offensive outputs like what has happened over the last few games could carry this team a long way.

While the offense was putting numbers up on the board in droves, Derek Casey and Grant Donahue were combining for a stellar ACC outing.

Casey, the redshirt sophomore RHP, made his first ACC start turning in seven strong innings, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out nine and giving up only a single run.

Sophomore Grant Donahue came on in relief of Casey in the 8th and held Pitt off the basepaths completely. Donahue faced the minimum 6 batters over the final two innings and struck out one.

The win puts the Hoos at 6-7 in the ACC and pulls them into a tie with Pitt and just a half game behind Virginia Tech, who is playing at Clemson this weekend.

Noah Murdock takes the mound against Pitt tomorrow as the Hoos will go for the series victory.