May 22, 2013
DURHAM, N.C. - The fifth-ranked Virginia baseball team dropped its opener in the 2013 ACC Baseball Championship with a 10-1 defeat to Virginia Tech Wednesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. The Hokies scored six times in the second inning to take a decisive advantage early.
Virginia (45-10) is seeded third in the field, while Virginia Tech (36-19) is the No. 6 seed. UVa will play No. 7 seed Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. Thursday and No. 2 seed Florida State at 11 a.m. Saturday in the pool-play format. Georgia Tech defeated FSU, 4-3, in the first game Wednesday.
The Cavaliers finished with seven hits and had runners on base in every inning but the eighth. Jared King (R-Sr., Radford, Va.) had two hits for the Cavaliers, who suffered just their second loss of the year by a margin of more than three runs.
Virginia starting pitcher Brandon Waddell (So., Houston, Texas) worked four innings, giving up six runs (two earned) and 10 hits. Waddell (5-2) struck out a pair and did not walk a batter in taking the defeat. UVa gave up a double-digit run total for just the second time this year.
Virginia Tech starter Joe Mantiply (6-0) pitched seven innings to earn the win. He gave up an earned run, seven hits and four walks while striking out two.
Virginia Tech grabbed a big, early lead by sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs in the second inning. Tyler Horan led off with a bloop double to left field and scored when Nick Howard (So., Olney, Md.) threw Andrew Rash's grounder to shortstop into the stands for a two-base error. Chad Morgan and Brendon Hayden hit back-to-back RBI doubles, and Kyle Wernicki sacrificed Hayden to third. One out later Sean Keselica blooped a single to right to plate Hayden, and Chad Pinder followed with a two-run home run to left-center field, giving Virginia Tech a 6-0 lead. Of the six runs, only two were earned.
The Hokies blew the game open in the sixth inning, loading the bases with none out against Austin Young (Jr., Mechanicsville, Va.) before Pinder ripped a grand slam to left field for his second blast of the day. The shot gave Virginia Tech a 10-1 advantage.
The ACC's Regional Sports Networks will broadcast the UVa-Georgia Tech game Thursday (Comcast Mid-Atlantic in the Charlottesville area), while ESPN3 will provide a live webcast. Live audio will be available on VirginiaSports.com through a Cavaliers Live subscription. Live statistics also will be available on VirginiaSports.com.
WINA 1070-AM will have the live radio broadcast Thursday. Select stations across the Virginia Sports Radio Network also will pick up coverage during the tournament.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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