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No. 1 Virginia Takes Series with 4-3 Win at No. 4 Florida State

No. 1 Virginia Takes Series with 4-3 Win at No. 4 Florida State

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 The No. 1-ranked Virginia baseball team earned another ACC series win with a 4-3 victory at No. 4 Florida State Sunday afternoon at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. The Cavaliers (37-8, 18-6) took two of three games in the series to notch their 10th straight ACC series win, dating to 2013.

Virginia also handed Florida State (33-11, 17-7 ACC) its first home ACC series defeat since May 2011 against Clemson, snapping a streak of 13 straight home ACC series victories for the Seminoles. UVa won just its second series ever in Tallahassee (2010).

Pitching and defense, combined with timely hitting, proved to be the difference once again for UVa. The Cavaliers limited FSU to four hits while playing their third straight errorless game of the weekend.

Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell (So., Houston, Texas) had another outstanding outing, going seven innings and allowing just two earned runs, three hits and one walk. Waddell (6-2) struck out four in his ninth straight start of at least six innings. He issued a leadoff walk to John Nogowski in the fourth inning, snapping his streaks of 33 1/3 consecutive innings without a walk and 37 2/3 straight innings without an unintentional walk.

Nick Howard (Jr., Olney, Md.) came into a bases-loaded, two-out situation in the eighth inning and struck out the final four Seminole batters to record his ACC-leading 15th save of the season.

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