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May 15, 2006

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – – The Virginia Baseball team cracked the top 10 as the Cavaliers entered their ninth week in college baseball polls earning the program’s highest ever ranking. The Cavaliers are ranked as high as No. 6 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writer’s Association Poll and moved up to No. 7 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll. UVa jumped four spots to No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball Poll and to No. 9 in the Baseball America Poll. The Hoos are 8th in the poll. 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 41-11 on the season after winning an Atlantic Coast Conference series over top-ranked North Carolina. The Cavaliers are 18-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and sit in second place in the Coastal Division, one game behind UNC. The 18 conference wins tie the school record set during the 2004 season. Virginia has won 17 of their last 20 games and is now 28-3 at Davenport Field. UVa recorded its third straight 40-win season, which is a school record and matched its 2005 win total with its 41st win Sunday. A weekend record of 7,367 fans packed into Davenport Field during the North Carolina series, which was an average of 2,456. UVa had record crowds of 2,624 Friday and Saturday. Virginia continues to lead the nation in team ERA (2.55). Virginia continues to lead the ACC in team ERA (2.55) and ranks second in the league in team batting (.326).

The Cavaliers wrap up the regular season with four games this week. UVa travels to Old Dominion Tues. at 6 p.m., before returning home to host Virginia Tech in the ACC season finale, Thurs.-Sun. All three games of the Virginia Tech series can be heard locally on WINA 1070 AM or via the internet at Tickets are still available for this weekend’s Virginia Tech 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.

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