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'Hoos Split Double-Header at Wake Forest

Virginia kept its shrinking hopes at an ACC Coastal Division baseball title alive by rallying to beat Wake Forest in the second game of Friday's double-header in Winston-Salem.

The Cavaliers began the day a game behind Miami in the division standings, but dropped two games back after losing 6-5 to the Demon Deacons in Friday's first game, while the Hurricanes rallied to beat North Carolina 6-5 in 16 innings in the first game of their double-header in Miami.

UVa gained a half-game back with a 7-2 win in Friday's second game against Wake, then got back within a game with UNC's win over the Hurricanes in their nightcap. A UVa win combined with a Miami loss on Saturday would give the Wahoos the division title.

UVa took a 5-3 lead into the ninth inning of Friday's first game, but closer Nick Howard blew his first save in ACC play by giving up a pinch-hit, two-run homer to Wake's Nate Mondou to tie the game. Howard then took the loss after surrendering a walk-off RBI single to Connor Keniry in the 10th inning.

Senior starter Artie Lewicki threw seven shutout innings in the second game, while Mike Papi hit his ACC-best ninth homer of the season in the win.


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