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Virginia Beats Clemson in Series Opener, Game 2 Moved Up

Scott Silverstein Courtesy: Jim Daves/UVa Media Relations

Scott Silverstein Courtesy: Jim Daves/UVa Media Relations

March 23, 2012

Virginia used a two-run first inning to get off on the right foot Friday night against Clemson (11-9, 3-4). The Cavaliers (13-8-1, 3-4 ACC) led 6-1 heading into the final inning and held on for a 6-3 win in the series opener.

Game 2 between the Cavaliers and Tigers has been moved to 11 a.m. Saturday due to the threat of inclement weather.

Senior Jared King led Virginia with three hits and four RBI. Lefty Scott Silverstein (2-2) earned the win after allowing one run and five hits in 6.0 innings pitched. He walked four and struck out three. Justin
Thompson notched his third save of the season after closing out the final two innings.

Virginia scored a pair of runs in the first inning and one in the third to jump out to a 3-0 lead. The Tigers plated their first of the game in the top of the fifth.

Virginia added some insurance in the eighth inning after a triple from Colin Harrington scored Chris Taylor. King added a two-run single to extend their lead to 6-1.

Clemson threatened in the ninth inning after Brad Felder hit a solo home run and a RBI single from Jason Stolz put the Tigers within 3, down 6-3. UVa's Thompson closed out the game with a strikeout to secure the win.

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