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May 8, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – – The Virginia Baseball team cracked the top 10 in one poll as the Cavaliers entered their eighth week in college baseball polls. The Cavaliers earned its highest ranking moving up to No. 9 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association’s (NCBWA) Poll. UVa stayed at No. 11 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. Virginia is No. 12 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll while the Hoos remained 13th in the Baseball America poll. The Hoos are 13th in the poll and 14th according to Seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams are again ranked this week in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll while eight ACC teams are in the Collegiate Baseball Poll.

Virginia improved to 39-10 on the season after winning its only contest last week before taking the weekend off for final exams. Brandon Guyer hit a walk-off three-run home run to lift UVa to a 6-3 win over Mount St. Mary’s last Tuesday. The 39 wins are tied for the most in the nation with Rice and North Carolina. The Cavaliers sit at 16-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which has UVa in sole possession of second place in the Coastal Division heading into this weekend’s series with No. 1 North Carolina. Virginia leads the nation in team ERA (2.56). The Cavaliers have won 15 of their last 17 games and bring a 26-2 home record into the weekend series with the Tar Heels. The Cavs have won 6 of their 8 conference series. Virginia continues to lead the ACC in team ERA (2.56) and ranks second in the league in team batting (.328). The Cavaliers entered last week as one of only two teams in the nation ranked in the Top 15 in the national statistics in both team ERA and batting average. Third-year UVa head coach Brian O’Connor ran his career record to 124-45 overall and is 48-28 in the ACC.

Virginia will host No. 1 North Carolina this weekend. First-pitch Friday is slated for 7 p.m. while the games Saturday and Sunday will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday’s game will be televised live by Fox Sports Net. All three games can be heard locally on WINA 1070 AM or via the internet at Tickets are still available for this weekend’s UNC series and can be purchased by calling the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office at 800-542-UVA1 or 434-924-UVA1. Tickets can be purchased in person at the office in Bryant Hall, Mon.-Fri., between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Additional bleacher seating has been brought in for the remainder of the season at Davenport Field.

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