Virginia Loses to Maryland 5-4 in Super Regional Game 1
The UVa baseball team stranded 14 base runners Saturday afternoon and lost to Maryland 5-4 in game 1 of the NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional.
Virginia starting pitcher Nathan Kirby, the ACC Co-Pitcher of the Year, pitched a season low 4.2 innings, giving up a season high five runs, and tieing a season high giving up seven hits.
Maryland pitcher Jake Stinnett pitched six solid innings improving to 8-6.
Mike Papi led Virginia's offensive attack with three hits and an RBI.
Maryland improves to 4-0 in the NCAA tournament.
The 14 runners on base was Virginia's third highest all season.
UVa coach Brian O'Connor says, "You know our guys put good swings on the ball. I thought our offensive approach was pretty darn good but you that's baseball, that happens. They just didn't drop. Those guys can't control where the ball goes off their bat, all they can control is the plan that they have when they go up into the batter's box."
UVa's Mike Papi says, "We got a lot of traffic on the bases today, which was good against such a good pitcher like Stinnett. But we just couldn't come up with that big two out hit a few times. Leaving 14 guys on is really going hurt us if we want to win a good ball game or beat a good team like Maryland is."
UVa pitcher Nathan Kirby says, "I think it was just there day to hit. I threw... Had some good...good at bats. Where I got some good pitches in there but then they were hitting the pitches that I weren't making."
O'Connor adds, "This is why it's a best two out of three. We've been in this situation on both sides. We've been in it where we've won it. We've been in it where we've lost it. You know and we've got plenty of pitching to do this thing but its going to start...we're gonna need to a quality start."
The 'Hoos must win game two of the Super Regional Sunday at noon to force a series-deciding game three.
UVa sophomore left handed pitcher Brandon Waddell will start game two.
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