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Top-Ranked 'Hoos Blank East Carolina

The top-ranked Virginia baseball team shut out East Carolina, 4-0, earning their fifth straight win on Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field.

UVa starting pitcher Josh Sborz worked five scoreless innings and improved to 2-0, finishing with a career-high six strikeouts as the 'Hoos earned their second shutout win of the season.

David Rosenberger and Connor Jones each pitched two innings of shutout relief. Since its season-opening loss, Virginia has allowed just six runs in the last five games. ECU had runners on base in seven of the nine innings, but UVa pitchers allowed just one runner to reach third base.

The Cavaliers finished with 10 hits, with Derek Fisher, Mike Papi and Joe McCarthy each recording a pair of hits as well as an RBI. Papi reached base safely in four of his five plate appearances, with a single, double and two walks.

UVa opened up the scoring with two runs in the third inning. With the bases lead, Derek Fisher singled to left-center to bring Papi home, and Nick Howard lifted a sacrifice fly to center to score McCarthy.

The Cavaliers tacked on a run in the fourth inning, when Daniel Pinero reached on an error and scored on a Papi double to left-center, after stealing second base.

UVa opened a 4-0 lead in the sixth. The Cavaliers loaded the bases and McCarthy followed with a single to right to bring in Pinero.

Virginia goes for the series sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday at Davenport Field.

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