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Junior first baseman Pavin Smith was named a freshman all-American in his freshman year. Smith goes into his junior year after being second on the team with 57 RBI.

​BLANK: New leaders in the clubhouse

Clement, Haseley and Smith are considered seasoned veterans of the 2017 team. Whereas they won their tournament with the help of numerous older teammates, who had years of Omaha experience, this upcoming season the majority of postseason experience stems from the freshmen on that 2015 team.

Junior Daniel Pinero batted in two runs and scored twice himself in Virginia's 7-3 rubber match victory against No. 1 Miami Sunday.

​Baseball upsets No. 1 Miami on the road

The No. 22 Virginia baseball team took down No. 1 Miami in a three-game series this past weekend, winning the first and third game. After a close 6-5 win Friday, the team suffered a 9-2 defeat Saturday before bouncing back Sunday to win, 7-3.

Junior catcher Matt Thaiss is helping propel a strong Virginia offense.

Cavaliers host UNC in three-game home stand

After dropping to 7-8 in ACC play following a series loss against Boston College (18-11, 5-8 ACC) this past weekend, Virginia is looking to claw its way back up to .500 in the ACC with a strong showing against No. 13 North Carolina Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Daniel Pinero snagged a bare-handed grab in left field Wednesday night in Virginia's win against Longwood.

Pinero bare-hander highlights 9-4 victory

Longwood baserunners stood at the corners with nobody out in the top of the fifth. Virginia was hanging on to a 6-2 lead, and coach Brian O’Connor had just snatched the baseball from freshman starter Daniel Lynch after a walk and handed it to junior reliever Tyler Shambora.


Baseball begins six-game homestand

A springtime return to Charlottesville comes at the right time for the Cavaliers (20-14, 7-8 ACC), who have lost five of their last six road contests and consequently fallen outside of the NCAA’s top-25 rankings.

Lost in disappointment, the pitching performance Adam Haseley lent Virginia team an exceptional pitching performance in Saturday's loss, surrendering two runs over eight innings of five-hit work.

Baseball blows leads, loses series to Boston College

Absent from the top-25 rankings for the first time in 2016, the Virginia baseball team headed north to Chestnut Hills, Mass. for a three-game weekend series at Boston College. Behind the arm of junior ace Connor Jones, the Cavaliers (20-14, 7-8 ACC) blanked the Eagles (16-11, 5-8 ACC) on a windy opener Friday, 3-0.

Despite starting the night off 0-3, sophomore center fielder Adam Haseley was responsible for starting the Cavalier rally in the seventh. Haseley hit a two-out, two-run homer to to bring the score to 7-3.

​Baseball drops midweek contest to VCU, 7-5

Virginia Commonwealth University (19-10, 5-1 A-10) defeated No. 22 Virginia baseball, 7-5, Tuesday night in downtown Richmond. Freshman lefty Daniel Lynch, a 2015 graduate of Douglas Freeman High School in neighboring Henrico County, started on the mound for the Cavaliers (18-12, 6-6 ACC).

Daniel Pinero and Virginia lost the first and third games of the series against NC State.

​Baseball drops series to NC State

Wearing its orange uniforms and camo caps, No. 14 Virginia baseball hosted No. 23 North Carolina State Sunday in the rubber match of a weekend series at Davenport Field. Six gutsy innings from junior pitcher Ryan Williamson and two-out hitting lifted the Wolfpack (19-9, 5-5 ACC) past the Cavaliers (18-11, 6-6 ACC), 5-2.

Junior closer Alec Bettinger allowed the go-ahead run in the 9th inning of Wednesday's game against ODU. The former Hylton High School Bulldog is 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 2016. 

Baseball blows lead late against Old Dominion

In baseball terms, the Cavaliers were cruising through Wednesday’s game at Davenport Field. Nearly two hours after freshman starter Daniel Lynch had delivered a first-pitch strike, Virginia led 3-0 in the top of the eighth inning. Then, came the grinding halt.