#10 UVa. makes it two straight over ECU

The Virginia baseball team clinched a series win over East Carolina with a 4-3 victory Saturday afternoon in front of 3,027 fans at Davenport Field. Tyler Wilson (Sr., Midlothian, Va.) pitched 6.1 innings and struck out 10, while John Hicks (Jr., Sandy Hook, Va.) went 3-for-4 to pace the Cavaliers, who improved to 6-0 on the young season.

Wilson (2-0) earned the win and worked into the seventh inning for the first time as a starting pitcher. He allowed three runs (two earned) and seven hits and did not walk a batter. Virginia’s bullpen – Kyle Crockett (Fr., Poquoson, Va.), Justin Thompson (Jr., Danville, Va.) and Branden Kline (So., Frederick, Md.) – combined to allow just one hit over the final 2.2 innings. Kline picked up his third save this year.

In the first two games of the series, Virginia’s pitching staff has struck out 31 batters and walked none.

ECU starter Zach Woods (0-1) took the loss for the Pirates (3-2) after working 5.2 innings and allowing three runs (two earned), four hits and one walk. He struck out three.

Hicks recorded half of the Cavaliers’ six hits. Jared King (Jr., Radford, Va.) picked up one of the Cavaliers’ biggest hits of the day with a pinch-hit RBI double to push UVa ahead for good as part of a three-run sixth inning.

East Carolina took the early lead with a first-inning run as Trent Whitehead led off with a double to left. Tim Younger and Corey Thompson followed with back-to-back groundouts to shortstop to advance Whitehead for the game’s first run.

UVa manufactured a run of its own in the third inning. Chris Taylor (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) led off with a bunt single. He moved to second on a Keith Werman groundout and advanced on a wild pitch. Steven Proscia (Jr., Suffern, N.Y.) grounded out to shortstop to to score Taylor and tie the game.

ECU took the lead back in the fifth inning on a leadoff home run to right field by Philip Clark, his first long ball of the year.

The Cavaliers forged ahead with a three-run sixth inning. With one out Danny Hultzen lined a single to left-center field and then stole second. Hicks reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Jack Reinheimer, with Hultzen moving to third on the play. With Hicks running John Barr (Sr., Ivyland, Pa.) grounded out to second base to score Hultzen and tie the game. Kevin Brandt came on in relief, but King ripped his first pitch to left field for a double to score Hicks and give UVa a 3-2 lead. Kenny Swab (Sr., Kernersville, N.C.) drew a walk, with King moving to third on a wild pitch on ball four. Swab then was caught off first base; in the ensuing rundown, Swab stayed alive long enough for King to come home to push the lead to 4-2.

That run proved key in the following inning. With one out Clark reached second base on a dropped fly ball in right-center by Swab. He moved to third on a single by pinch hitter Ben Fultz. Crockett relieved Wilson and gave up a chopper over the mound, which second baseman Keith Werman (Jr., Vienna, Va.) fielded and tossed out Whitehead, with Clark scoring on the play to cut the UVa lead to 4-3.

Thompson retired four straight batters – three by strikeout – before Kline came on in the ninth. He allowed a one-out single to Drew Reynolds, but then picked him off and struck out Clark to end the game.

uva basketball team of destiny

Team of Destiny: Inside UVA Basketball's improbable run

Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.


Augusta Free Press content is available for free, as it has been since 2002, save for a disastrous one-month experiment at putting some content behind a pay wall back in 2009. (We won’t ever try that again. Almost killed us!) That said, it’s free to read, but it still costs us money to produce. The site is updated several times a day, every day, 365 days a year, 366 days on the leap year. (Stuff still happens on Christmas Day, is what we’re saying there.) AFP does well in drawing advertisers, but who couldn’t use an additional source of revenue? From time to time, readers ask us how they can support us, and we usually say, keep reading. Now we’re saying, you can drop us a few bucks, if you’re so inclined.


augusta free press
augusta free press
augusta free press news