ECU Drops Game Two To UVa, 4-3

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Redshirt Sophomore Philip Clark

Feb. 26, 2011

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - For the second-straight game 10th-ranked Virginia's pitching staff coupled with an untimely East Carolina error spelled doom for the Pirates as the Cavaliers won game two of the three-game series 4-3 Saturday afternoon at Davenport Field. With the win, UVa claims the series and moves to 6-0 on the year, while ECU drops to 3-2.

Tyler Wilson (2-0) followed Danny Hultzen's Friday performance with a 10 strikeout effort allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with no walks in 6.1 innings. Branden Kline registered his third save on the young season after fanning a pair in one inning of relief.

Zach Woods (0-1) suffered the loss despite pitching effectively where he allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits with a walk and three punch outs in 5.2 innings. ECU used a quartet of hurlers to keep the game close in Kevin Brandt (0.2 IP, H, R, ER, 2 BB), Brad Mincey (0.1 IP), Jake Harris (0.1 IP) and Seth Simmons (1.0 IP, H, 2 K's).

Trailing 2-1 in the sixth, UVa scored three runs on two hits and an error to take a 4-2 advantage and never looked back. Hultzen singled to left center with one out and promptly moved into scoring position with his first stolen base of the season. John Hicks reached on throwing error by Jack Reinheimer and Hultzen landed on third before knotting the game at two when John Barr grounded out to second.

Brandt, who spelled Woods with two outs in the sixth, gave up a pinch hit double to Jared King that pushed across Hicks for the second run of the frame. After a walk to Kenny Swab and a wild pitch put runners on the corner, Brandt seemed to have picked off Swab, but he was able to elude the ECU defenders in a run down and King crossed home for UVa's final run of the ball game.

ECU took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first on Corey Thompson's groundout to short that plated Trent Whitehead, who led of the game with a double down the left field line.

UVA got the run back in the bottom of the third on a groundout RBI by Scott Proscia, tying the contest at one. Chris Taylor led off the inning with a bunt single then took second on a groundout to short by Keith Werman. A wild pitch moved Werman over to third setting up Proscia's sixth RBI of the year.

Philip Clark smacked his third career home run to lead off the fifth inning, sending a shot down the right field line giving ECU a 2-1 advantage. ECU cut the lead to one, 4-3, in the seventh when Whitehead groundout to second pushing across Clark, who reached on a dropped fly ball by Swab.

ECU will look to salvage a game in the non-conference series when the two teams meet back on the diamond Sunday, Feb. 27. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET).