Sunday, June 14, 2009

LSU TOPS VIRGINIA 9-5 IN CWS OPENER

The Wahoo baseball team dropped a 9-5 decision to No. 3 national seed LSU Saturday evening in the opening round of the College World Series in front of 24,904 fans at Rosenblatt Stadium – the largest crowd to ever witness a UVa baseball game. The attendance figure tied a session two record at the CWS.

Virginia next will play Cal State Fullerton, the No. 2 national seed, at 2 p.m. Monday in an elimination game. Arkansas defeated the Titans, 10-6, in the first session.

The Cavs racked up 14 hits in the game but left 14 players on base which tied a season high. UVa got 11 of its 14 hits from the 6-9 hitters in its batting order. Keith Werman (Fr., Vienna, Va.) went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI as he set a career high in hits. Tyler Cannon (Jr., Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) and Franco Valdes (Jr., Miami, Fla.) each added three hits.

The Tigers knocked Virginia ace Danny Hultzen #23 out of the game earlier than any of his previous 15 starts this season. Hultzen, a freshman from Bethesda who has starred since arriving in Charlottesville, struggled even when cornering LSU hitters into two-strike counts.

The Tigers continued fouling pitches off, and when Hultzen threw a 30-pitch third inning, O'Connor pulled his freshman even though he had allowed only three runs while striking out five.

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