UVA baseball crushes Army 15-1 in opening game of Charlottesville Regional
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Virginia scored six runs in the first inning and four more in the second to jump out to a 10-0 lead over Army in the opening game of the NCAA tournament’s Charlottesville Regional and cruised to a 15-1 win.
Ethan Anderson hit his 12th home run of the season in the first inning, a 2-run shot and UVa starting pitcher Brian Edgington retired all 15 batters he faced in five innings of work.
“We have a great offense. As a pitcher it makes it a little easier knowing that you’re going to get run support,” says Edgington. “You just have to find a way to put up zeros and get us back into the dugout.
Attendance at Disharoon Park was 5,487, a UVA postseason record.
“Not a better feeling that hitting a home run early on in the game with the huge crowds that we had, “said Ethan Anderson. “The energy not only in our dugout by the whole stadium was buzzing.”
UVa coach Brian O’Connor said, “What a great atmosphere for a noon start on a Friday. Edge went through six hitters and was pitching great.... and we capitalized on every opporutnity we had.”
Virginia will play Saturday against East Carolina at 6pm in a winner’s bracket game. ECU beat Oklahoma 14-5 Friday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Virginia was on the scoreboard four batters into the game on an RBI single by Kyle Teel that scored O’Ferrall.
• Anderson followed with a three-run homer to left field to give UVA a 4-0 advantage. The long ball was his 12th of the season.
• The Cavaliers tacked on two more runs in the frame on an RBI double by Henry Godbout and an RBI single from O’Ferrall, his second of the inning. The Cavaliers sent 11 batters to the plate in the six-run frame.
• UVA capitalized on three Army fielding errors in the second to open up a 10-0 advantage.
• The Cavaliers tacked on one run in both the fourth and sixth innings to go ahead 12-0 heading into the top of the seventh. In both instances, UVA put runners on base with one-out doubles followed by RBI singles to the outfield.
• The Black Knights got on the board in the top of the seventh after a fielding error that allowed the Army’s Ross Friedrick, who was originally on second, to round third and touch home safely.
• In the bottom half of the seventh, the Cavaliers led the inning off with three-straight doubles to plate two runs. Anderson got it started with his 24th double of the year and was followed by Chris Baker and then Godbout for UVA 13th and 14th runs of the afternoon. Anderson and Teel now share the program’s single season record for doubles in a season (24).
• With bases loaded in the eighth, Anderson plated his third RBI of the game on sacrifice fly to left field, which gave UVA a 15-1 lead.
• Virginia scored six runs in the first inning, the 23rd time this season scoring five or more runs in an inning.
• Virginia is 25-5 when scoring in the first inning and improved to 31-6 on the season when scoring first.
• For the 22nd time this season, UVA scored 10 or more runs in a game.
• UVA’s 15 runs scored are its most in an NCAA Tournament game since tallying 17 against William & Mary on June 3, 2016.
• With two hits, Kyle Teel now has 96 on the season and moved sole possession of second place on UVA’s single season hits list.
• Ethan Anderson, who blasted a three-run shot in the first, became the fourth Cavalier this season to record at least 12 home runs. It marks the first time in program history, four players have totaled 12 or more homers in a year.
• Friday’s contest marked UVA’s third highest attendance figure (5,487) in school history and highest in a postseason game.
• The combined two-hitter was the first by the Cavaliers in the postseason since Brandon Waddell and Josh Sborz limited Florida to two hits in a 1-0 win over Florida in the College World Series (June 15, 2015).
The Cavaliers face the winner of Oklahoma (31-26) and East Carolina (45-17) on Saturday (June 3) at 6 p.m. Saturday’s TV designation will be determined either late Friday evening or early Saturday morning and will be posted to VirginiaSports.com when determined. The Sooners and Pirates are slated to go head-to-head at The Dish Friday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
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