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Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 8:53 am, Tue Mar 11, 2014.

James Madison (7-8) at No. 3 Virginia (11-3)

Time: 4 p.m., today

Broadcast: Live audio broadcast will be available through a Cavaliers Live subscription on VirginiaSports.com.

Starting Pitchers: James Madison — LHP Aaron Hoover (0-1, 5.19 ERA)

Virginia — RHP Connor Jones (0-0, 1.35 ERA)

Players to Watch: James Madison — 1B Matt Tenaglia. The senior is batting a team-best .444 with a home run and 20 RBI. In a 19-4 loss to No. 22 Seton Hall on Monday, Tenaglia went 4 for 5 with a double.

3B Ty McFarland. The senior is on a power surge to start this season, slugging a ridiculous .719 with six home runs and 14 RBI.

Virginia — CF Brandon Downes. The preseason All-American went 0 for 8 in the weekend series at Duke, dropping his average to .235. In need of good vibes, Downes went 3 for 4 with a home run in last season’s 16-8 rout of the Dukes.

Jones. The highly touted freshman has performed as advertised to this point of his season. In 13 1/3 innings of relief, he’s allowed only 10 hits with 12 strikeouts to two walks. Today marks his first career start as senior Artie Lewicki still recovers from a strained oblique.

Last game played: James Madison — The Dukes took a 19-4 beating at the hands of Seton Hall on Monday, further inflating their team ERA to 5.74.

Virginia — The Cavaliers survived a 2-1 pitcher’s duel at Duke on Sunday. Sophomore left-hander Brandon Waddell (3-1) scattered one run on three hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked three. Offensively, the Wahoos managed only five hits, giving them just 18 in the three-game series.

Fast facts: Virginia, the reigning ACC batting champ, has gone 10 games without scoring 10 or more runs. Its longest such drought in 2013 was 11 games. ... UVa dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in Baseball America’s poll, released Monday. The Cavs, however, remained atop the Perfect Game poll. ... Under coach Brian O’Connor, Virginia is 92-16-1 against in-state opponents, including a 10-1-1 mark against JMU. ... James Madison’s last win in the series was a 7-6, 14-inning victory at Davenport Field in 2007. ... Since a 17-2 whipping of William & Mary on Feb. 19, the Cavs have outscored their opponents by an average score of 4-2.

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