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May 20, 2013

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia outfielder Mike Papi (So., Tunkhannock, Pa.) has been named the ACC Player of the Week for the second straight week, the conference office announced Monday. Papi was 8-for-18 (.444) as the Cavaliers went 3-1 last week, including a three-game series win at then-No. 2 North Carolina.

He was 5-for-13 with four RBI and reached base in nine of his 17 plate appearances in the UNC series as the Cavaliers claimed their first series win in Chapel Hill since 2007. Papi had the game-tying hit in the fourth inning in Game 1 at UNC. He added a pair of extra-base hits in the second game of the series and was on base three more times in the final game. In the finale he ended the game by making a jumping catch at the top of the left-center field wall for the second out in the 11th inning and then threw in to first base for the assist as UVa doubled the runner off first base to end the game.

Papi had a .565 on base percentage for the week as he upped his NCAA-best OBP to .546. He also finished as the ACC’s regular-season batting champion at .408.

Virginia (45-9, 22-8 ACC) opens postseason play at 3 p.m. Wednesday when it takes on Virginia Tech in the ACC Baseball Championship at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. The Cavaliers are seeded third in the field. UVa also will play Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. Thursday and Florida State at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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