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Cavs Outslug High Point in Fall Exhibition


The start of the season for the Virginia baseball team is still five months away but the Wahoos were on the field Sunday in a fall exhibition with High Point.

The teams played 18 innings with Virginia coming out on top, 14-6.

The Cavaliers returned to Davenport Field for the first time since falling to Mississippi State in the NCAA Super Regionals last June.

Sophomore Nathan Kirby started the game for Virginia and the lefty tossed three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with four strikeouts.

He was relieved by fellow sophomore Cameron Tekker who also fired a pair of scoreless innings.

High Point scored three runs in the fifth off Adam Bleday, but Mike Papi's two-run single in the seventh pulled them within 3-2.

Heralded freshman pitcher Connor Jones then came on in the eighth and wowed the crowd, picking up two strikeouts in two innings of work.

Kenny Towns then tied the game 3-3 in the eighth on an RBI triple that scored Joe McCarthy.

McCarthy then put the Hoos on top 4-3 in the ninth with an RBI groundout.

UVa scored five in the 12th thanks to four straight RBI hits from Tony Butler, Papi, Matt Thaiss and Nate Irving.

They would tack on three more in the 15th on a Rob Bennie two-run triple.

The Cavaliers return to the field Friday for another exhibition with the Ontario Blue Jays before beginning the Orange and Blue World Series.


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