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Kline Gets Plenty of Run Support in UVa Win

There were scouts scattered around Virginia's Davenport Field on Friday, hoping to see a pitchers' duel between the Cavaliers' Branden Kline and Pat Light of Monmouth.

Instead, it was the Virginia bats putting on a display.

Freshman Derek Fisher went 4-4, and senior Jared King and junior Stephen Bruno had three hits apiece, in the Cavaliers' 18-4 win over the Hawks. Bruno, Fisher, and freshman catcher Nate Irving drove in three runs apiece.

King drove in two runs, giving him a team-high 10 RBI for the season.

Kline (No. 35) and Light (No. 58) both entered Friday's game ranked among the top 100 draft prospects for 2012 by Baseball America.

After first pitch was delayed for more than an hour because of rain and lightning, Kline got off to a shaky start. He gave up a triple, a double, and a single to the Hawks' first three hitters, as Monmouth had a 2-0 lead before recording an out. But Kline ended up pitching into the seventh and picking up the win, after giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks. He also struck out five.

Light's line was even worse: seven runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in five innings. He took the loss.

Bruno had a solo homer and King an RBI single in the bottom of the first to tie the game 2-2. Fisher led off the second with a triple, then scored on a Keith Werman sacrifice fly to put UVa in front.

The Cavaliers added four more in the third, highlighted by an Irving double into the right field corner with the bases loaded that scored three.

Virginia pulled away with a nine-run sixth. Fisher picked up two RBI on a fly ball that dropped in for a double when Monmouth center fielder Josh Boyd lost the ball in the lights. Reed Gragnani and King also had RBI doubles during the inning. Mike Papi added an RBI single; Branden Cogswell picked up an RBI on a bases loaded hit-by-pitch; and Fisher scored on a fielder's choice by shortstop Chris Taylor.

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