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Cavs Return from Break to Win Eighth Straight

After sitting on their seven-game winning streak for more than a week -- then sitting through an almost two-hour rain delay -- it took the Virginia baseball team a few innings to get going again on Wednesday.

But the Virginia offense came to life during a four-run third inning, and the Cavaliers coasted from there to a 12-3 win over High Point at Davenport Field.

A pair of freshmen, catcher Nate Irving and outfielder Brandon Downes, scored three runs apiece for Virginia, who extended their current winning streak to eight in a row. Irving also had a team-high three hits, and was one of four Cavaliers with four RBI.

After giving up a run in the top of the first, the Cavaliers erased that deficit with perfectly executed run-scoring squeeze bunts by Keith Werman and Branden Cogswell in the third. Stephen Bruno followed Cogswell with a two-run double, capping Virginia's four-run inning.

The Cavaliers had another big inning in the eighth, highlighted by a two-run single from outfielder Derek Fisher and an RBI single from Irving.

Six Virginia pitchers shared the load, with Shane Halley picking up the win. He gave up two hits and one run in three innings, in relief of starter Scott Silverstein.

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