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Cavaliers avoid sweep with 4-2 win

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA   Virginia got off to a good start Sunday and avoided being swept in a three-game series with East Carolina by dealing the Pirates their first loss of the season, 4-2.

Adam Haseley led off the bottom of the first inning with a double for the Cavaliers. A sacrifice bunt by Ernie Clement moved Haseley to third and he scored on an error for a 1-0 Virginia lead.

The hosts added another run in the first on a dropped fly ball, the second of five errors for ECU.

Virginia (4-3) extended its lead to 4-0 with two runs in the third after a leadoff single by Haseley. He scored on a double by Clement. Clement eventually scored on a ground out by Pavin Smith.

The Pirates (6-1) scored lone runs in the seventh and eighth.

In the seventh, Dwanya Williams-Sutton led off with a double and moved to third on a ground out by Kirk Morgan. ECU spoiled the shutout bid of UVa's Tommy Doyle with a sacrifice bunt by Turner Brown that brought Williams-Sutton home.

The Pirates pulled within 4-2 in the eighth. Parker Lamm opened the frame with a hit and went to second on a throwing error. He took third on a ground out to first by Charlie Yorgen after Kevin Doherty had relieved Doyle.

Lamm came home on a grounder to short by Travis Watkins.

Eric Tyler singled to start the ninth for the Pirates before Alec Bettinger picked up his first save.

Doyle (1-0) pitched into the eighth in taking the win. He yielded seven hits and no walks while striking out two.

Jimmy Boyd (1-1) absorbed the loss, allowing six hits over seven innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Three of UVa's four runs were earned.

Freshman Chris Holba pitched a scoreless eighth for the Pirates.

Both teams struggled with timely hitting as ECU was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and Virginia was 1-for-11.

The Pirates host Elon at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The Phoenix swept visiting LaSalle over the weekend to improve to 3-4.

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