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."
March 5, 2010; 10:18 PM ET
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