The second-ranked Virginia baseball team took down No. 14 Clemson, 3-2, Friday evening in front of more than 4,000 fans at Davenport Field.
The 'Hoos improve to 29-5 on the season and 13-3 in the ACC with the win.
In his first time on the mound since throwing a no-hitter last Friday, Nathan Kirby worked six innings, giving up two earned runs, four hits and three walks while striking out six.
Whit Mayberry pitched two shutout innings before giving way to Nick Howard, who fired a perfect ninth inning to claim his ACC-leading 10th save in as many attempts. In addition to his work on the mound, Howard scored two of the Cavaliers' runs, including the eventual game winner.
UVa scored the game's first two runs in the second inning. With one out, Howard and Brandon Downes hit back-to-back singles and Irving walked to load the bases. Kenny Towns hit a sacrifice fly to right field, and catcher Chris Okey's throw to third was mishandled by Weston Wilson, allowing Downes to score.
Clemson scored two runs in the third inning to tie the game, but the Cavaliers moved back in front in the fourth inning as Howard drew a walk and scored on a two-out double to left-center by Irving.
Clemson put runners on base in each inning from the fifth through the eighth but could not net the tying score.
The series continues Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. game, while the series finale is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday.
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