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CORAL GABLES, Fla. Despite a sterling pitching effort from Pat McAnaney (Sr., Syracuse, N.Y.), the No. 16 Virginia baseball team dropped a 1-0 game to No. 1 Miami Friday night in front of a standing room only crowd of 2,884 at Mark Light Field. <?xml:namespace prefix=”o” ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office”?>

Virginia falls to 32-13 overall and 13-9 in the ACC, while Miami improves to 34-5 overall and 18-2 in the ACC.

Miami starting pitcher Chris Hernandez (7-0) matched McAnaney throughout. He allowed just two hits, a walk and two hit batsmen in his eight innings. Hernandez struck out seven of the first nine batters and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts. Carlos Gutierrez stranded a runner at third in the ninth inning to notch his 10th save.

McAnaney (4-2) went eight innings for his third complete game of the season. He gave up just six hits and a walk while fanning six. McAnaney limited the Miami offense, which came in ranked third nationally with a .339 batting average, to a season-low one run.

The pitchers’ duel last two hours, 19 minutes and featured just nine total hits (one for extra bases) while the pitchers combined for two walks and 18 strikeouts.

Greg Miclat (Jr., Concord, N.C.), David Adams (Jr., Margate, Fla.) and John Barr (Fr., Ivyland, Pa.) each had singles for the Cavaliers’ lone hits. Blake Tekotte and Joey Terdoslavich each had two hits for the Hurricanes.

The game’s lone run came in the sixth inning. Terdoslavich led off with a double, but McAnaney struck out the next two batters. Tekotte then lined one just past a diving Jeremy Farrell (Jr., Westlake, Ohio) at first base to bring home Terdoslavich.

Miclat had a one-out single in the ninth, moved to second on a Tyler Cannon (So., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) sacrifice and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but Gutierrez fanned Adams on a check swing to end the game. It marks just the second time this season that Virginia has been shut out.

Game two of the series is at 7 p.m. Saturday and will be televised regionally by CSS.

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