No. 1 Virginia's ACC series win streak is now up to double-digits after the Wahoos edged out No. 4 Florida State, 4-3, Sunday. The Cavaliers improved to 37-8 overall and 18-6 in the conference.
Virginia also handed Florida State its first home ACC series defeat since May 2011, snapping a streak of 13 straight home ACC series victories for the Seminoles.
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 had another outstanding outing, going seven innings and allowing just two earned runs, three hits and one walk. Waddell, now 6-2, struck out four in his ninth straight start of at least six innings.
Nick Howard 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.
Mike Papi had a pair of two-out hits and drove in three runs for Virginia. Nate Irving added two hits, and Kenny Towns belted a solo home run.
Virginia took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on Towns solo home run over the wall in left-center field for his second homer of the year. Irving followed with an infield single, and with two outs, Papi lined a double into the right-field corner, scoring a pair of runs.
After FSU responded with two runs in its half of the third, the Cavaliers added a run in the seventh inning. Towns drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on an Irving sacrifice. Billy Strode entered in relief, and Towns alertly stole third. Strode struck out Branden Cogswell but walked Daniel Pinero on a 3-2 pitch. Papi then went the other way and slapped a single to left to score Towns.
FSU scored a run in the eighth against reliever Connor Jones and was in position for more but Howard entered the game and struck out Jose Brizuela on a ball in the dirt to end the threat.
The Cavaliers travel to Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday for non-conference matchup with Old Dominion at 7 p.m.
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