Junior Corey Thompson
Feb. 25, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Junior All-American Danny Hultzen struck out a career-high 15 batters and was 3-for-4 from the plate with three RBI as No. 10 Virginia (5-0) earned a 10-1 win over East Carolina (3-1) Friday night at Davenport Field.
Hultzen (2-0), who allowed a leadoff single to Trent Whitehead to start the game, dominated from that point on retiring 19-straight Pirates until Corey Thompson roped a single up the middle with one out in the seventh frame. During that span, only one ball left the infield.
Seth Maness (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season after being touched for nine runs (three earned) in 3.1 innings with three punch outs. The Cavaliers also benefited from five errors by ECU, which resulted in seven unearned runs.
Three two teams played two-and-half scoreless innings before the Cavaliers exploded for four runs and five hits as eight men batted in the third frame. Chris Taylor reached on an error to lead off and moved to second on a single by Keith Werman, a shot back to Maness who couldn't locate the ball after hitting of his glove. One out later Hultzen singled to right plating Taylor and moving Werman to third. That hit began a string of four-consecutive base knocks as John Hicks hit a two-run double to right-center, John Barr hit an RBI single to center and David Coleman singled to center.
UVa then scored six runs (all unearned) and sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth while taking advantage of a trio of ECU errors. With one out, Taylor again reached on a Pirate error and took second shortstop Jack Reinheimer errantly threw over to second on a Werman groundball and moved to third on an error by third baseman Drew Reynolds, which loaded the bases. Hultzen then hit a two-run single to right and Hicks was hit by a pitch to again load the bases while spelling the end of the night for Maness.
Reliever Shawn Armstrong had no more success, promptly giving up a run-scoring single to Barr and walking Coleman to force in a run. Kenny Swab grounded into a fielder's choice to bring in Hicks, and Armstrong then walked Jared King and Taylor to force in another run and push the lead to 10-0.
The Pirates finally strung a couple of hits together in the seventh when Thompson singled up the middle and John Wooten followed with an RBI double to right center giving ECU its lone run of the contest, 10-1.
Hultzen and Corey Hunt combined for 16 strikeouts without issuing a walk, while ECU's hurlers fanned eight and walked four.
For the Cavaliers, Barr, Coleman and Hicks each had a pair of hits to go along with Hultzen's three base knocks for UVa, which out hit ECU 13-4. Reinheimer extended his current hitting streak to four games with his single in the eighth.
The two teams will be back on the diamond Saturday, Feb. 26 with a 2 p.m. (ET) first pitch scheduled.