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Virginia earns College World Series berth with Sunday's win over Duke

Damon Lux’s collegiate baseball career closed out one win short of reaching the College World Series.

Duke scored the Charlottesville Super Regional series-opening win Friday at Virginia, 5-4, but the Cavaliers responded with 14-4 and 12-2 victories Saturday and Sunday to earn the College World Series berth.

Lux, a Shelbyville graduate in his final year of eligibility at Duke, had four hits in the series including a double and a home run and drove in four.



In game one, Lux staked the Blue Devils to a 2-0 lead in the third inning with his 10th home run of the season.

Virginia kept its season alive Saturday with a consistent offensive performance that produced runs in five of the first six innings.

Lux had two hits including a run-scoring double in the fourth inning that cut the Virginia lead to 4-3.

The Cavaliers scored the next 10 runs from there which negated Lux’s RBI-single in the eighth inning.

In the series finale Sunday, Virginia struck first with a 5-run second inning and never trailed. Lux went 1-for-3 in his final game with the Blue Devils, who finished 39-24.

With the series win, Virginia (50-13) will make its sixth appearance in the College World Series.

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