Fifth Inning: Virginia 9, VCU 4
Virginia's run to a second consecutive College World Series has been uneven, with electric hitting mixed with sub-par pitching.
Through five innings, the Cavaliers have a 9-4 lead. The second number should be a concern for two reasons: Virginia did receive a good outing from Cody Winiarski, and it needed to go to its bullpen earlier than it would have hoped.
Winiarski was pulled in the fifth inning without recording an out. In four innings pitched, he allowed four runs and walked four while striking out only one. Virginia needs a better performance from a starting pitcher to advance deep in this tournament.
The other issue is the Cavaliers went to Tyler Wilson in the fourth inning. Wilson is the team's top reliever, and now Virginia has used its top reliever early in the first game of the first weekend. Curious to hear what Coach Brian O'Connor says after the game.
However, the offense has been terrific. Jarrett Parker and John Hicks hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. Dan Grovatt's bat continues to heat up, and Phil Gosselin has showed why he's been the team's most consistent player. Even more encouraging for Virginia? Designated hitter John Barr hit an RBI and has one of the team's top average from the No. 9 spot.
More to come after the game.
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