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Baseball: #13 Virginia completes weekend series sweep with 8-2 win at Pitt

Chris Graham
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Kevin Jaxel, in his first career start, held Pitt to one run on two hits in five innings of work, lifting #13 Virginia to an 8-2 win, and a weekend series sweep.

Jaxel (4-0, 8.62 ERA) struck out three and walked one in the win.

A Jayden Melendez homer put the Panthers up 1-0 in the second, but UVA (20-4, 6-3 ACC) took the lead in the top of the third, getting an RBI groundout from Anthony Stephan and an RBI double from Henry Ford.

A Luke Hanson RBI double and a sac fly RBI off the bat of Griff O’Ferrall extended the lead to 4-1 in the fourth.

Harrison Didawick added some insurance with a two-run homer in the seventh, his 11th home run of the season.

UVA returns home for a single game with Richmond on Tuesday, before heading down to #9 Duke (17-7, 4-5 ACC) for a three-game series that begins on Thursday.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].