The No. 12 Virginia baseball team pounded out 15 hits and received a strong start from Nick Howard in an 8-5 victory at Clemson Sunday. The Cavaliers (17-2, 4-2 ACC) earned their second straight series win of 2013 and recorded their fifth straight series victory against Clemson, dating to 2006.
Jared King went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored to highlight the Cavaliers’ big day at the plate. Branden Cogswell and Nate Irving also had three hits apiece. Mike Papi went 2-for-3 and finished 5-for-7 with five RBI in the series.
Howard (3-1) gave the Cavaliers six strong innings, allowing two earned runs, seven hits and a walk while striking out three.
Virginia jumped out fast with two runs in the first inning and three more in the second. The Cavaliers tacked on a run in the fifth inning when Papi led off with a double, advanced on a Reed Gragnani sacrifice and scored when Irving lined a single through the drawn-in infield.
Virginia returns home this week for a two-game non-conference series against Yale. The Cavaliers and Bulldogs play at 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Davenport Field. UVa then entertains No. 17 NC State Saturday through Monday (March 23-25) for a three-game ACC series. The Monday contest is the first installment in ESPNU’s 2013 ACC Monday programming.