'Hoos Crush Bucknell 10-1 in NCAA Baseball Tournament
The UVa baseball team scored seven runs in the sixth inning and cruised to a 10-1 win over Bucknell Friday in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament's Charlottesville Regional.
Virginia advances to face 2-seed Arkansas Saturday at 8pm.
The Cavaliers scored one run in each of the first three innings before exploding for seven runs in the sixth. Bucknell fell behind early thanks in part to four errors.
Virginia senior Artie Lewicki pitched seven strong innings giving up just 3 hits and striking out five batters.
John LaPrise and Mike Papi led Virginia's offensive attack with three hits each and Derek Fisher drove in a pair of runs.
UVa coach Brian O'Connor said, "if you look at our lineup 1-9, even if they didn't have a hit, everybody in our lineup did something to help our team win, offensively, today."
UVa catcher Nate Irving said, "every guy in that locker room takes a lot of pride in getting a bunt down to move a teammate over, or putting a hit and run in play to score a guy from third. It's all part of who we are as a team, and all part of our identity."
Pitcher Artie Lewicki said, "I treated it like it was any other game. I just wanted to go out and give my team the best opportunity to win. I think after the 1st inning, I was able to do that."
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