UVa. baseball climbs to #1 in national polls

The Virginia baseball team moved to No. 1 in a pair of national polls on Monday, marking the second straight season the program has claimed a No. 1 national ranking. Virginia earned the top spot in the Collegiate Baseball and ESPN/USA Today Coaches polls this week.

Virginia also is ranked No. 2 nationally by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) this week; Vanderbilt is No. 1 in each of those polls.

Virginia owns a Division I-high 24 wins this year and stands 24-2 after recording a three-game sweep over ACC rival Maryland last weekend at Davenport Field. UVa also improved to 8-1 in conference play with its three wins over the Terrapins.

The Cavaliers were ranked No. 1 nationally for 14 weeks last season. The 2010 season marked the first time in program history that Virginia Baseball had earned the top spot in the polls.

Virginia has leaned on its pitching and defense thus far. UVa leads the ACC with an even 2.00 team ERA and also is tops in the conference with a .986 fielding percentage. The Cavaliers are allowing just 2.4 runs per game – second fewest nationally. The offense has been solid as well, with UVa boasting a .297 team batting average.

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