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Virginia's top-ranked baseball team loses to Wright State

It's baseball, and teams lose. So Friday's 2-1 loss to Wright State does not signal much other than a bad day for Virginia's baseball team. But when the ace pitches -- and Danny Hultzen had an outstanding game, striking out nine in seven innings while allowing only one earned run -- you expect to win.

"To have nine strikeouts and no walks, I thought he pitched great in a couple of tough situations," Coach Brian O'Connor said. "He did everything that he could do. ...If Danny Hultzen continues to pitch like that, he's going to win a lot of games this year -- and so are we."

Instead, Virginia was done in by defense (three errors) and a lack of situational hitting. All-American Jarrett Parker struck out on all four of his plate appearances. That said, credit Wright State pitcher Alex Kaminsky. He was equally outstanding, and shut down the Cavaliers after the first inning.

O'Connor was aware of Kaminsky's reputation entering the game and the Cavaliers' coach left impressed. But Virginia's own mistakes also heavily contributed to the loss.

"Wright State beat us, and they deserved to win the game," O'Connor said. "They executed, did the things it took to win the ballgame, and we didn't. ...When you're facing this kind of pitching that we did tonight, you can't give away runs."

By Zach Berman  |  March 5, 2010; 10:18 PM ET
 
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Comments

Zach-

Tip of the cap to you for the solid baseball coverage. I would love to see a post or an article about the local kids Hultzen and Silverstein. Both local boys done good, so to speak.

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: S2DU | March 6, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I agree with the first commenter: Thanks for the baseball coverage. May we have even more this spring?

Posted by: greggwiggins | March 6, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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