FINAL SCORE: Virginia 15, VCU 4
Virginia kept the Virginia Commonwealth scoreless after the fifth inning, while the Cavaliers continued adding to their lead. The result was a convincing 15-4 victory to open the NCAA regionals, sending Virginia to a Saturday night game against the winner of Friday's nightcap between Mississippi and St. John's.
The story of the game was offense and relief pitching. Every starter notched a hit on offense, and Tyler Wilson and Corey Hunt combined for five scoreless innings while allowing only one hit.
"I thought we played a good opening ballgame," Coach Brian O'Connor said. "We obviously swung the bats very, very well. Very aggressively...I would have liked to see [starting pitcher] Cody Winiarski go deeper in the ballgame. I felt when I went to Tyler Wilson that that was a critical part in the game. They were starting to mount a little bit of a rally there and I wanted to shut it down, and that's why I went with [Wilson]. But for the most part, I thought we played a very good, complete ballgame."
Winiarski, the Cavaliers' starting pitcher, did not record a out in the fifth inning. He allowed seven hits and four earned runs in four innings of work.
The top offensive player was first baseman John Hicks, who was 4 for 5 with four RBI. Hicks joined Parker as the two Cavaliers who hit home runs. Hicks also stole a base, along with Phil Gosselin (two stolen bases), Tyler Cannon and John Barr.
"They were everything that's advertised about them," VCU Coach Paul Keyes said. "They're hard to face. Their running game was really good today and had a lot of power."
Much more to come this evening and tomorrow leading up to the game.
June 4, 2010; 8:14 PM ET
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