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Virginia Baseball drops Series Opener to NC State 7-5

Virginia Baseball drops Series Opener to NC State 7-5

In their first ACC game in nearly two weeks, the Cavaliers couldn’t quite get their offense going, scoring five runs on just seven hits and leaving seven runners on base as No. 10 Virginia (36-13, 14-11 ACC) had done that. the five-game winning streak culminated in a 7-5 loss to No. 23 NC State (28-18, 14-10 ACC) in the series opener on Friday night at Disharoon Park.

It was a rough start to the game for UVA starter Evan Blanco, who gave up a single, a double and then another single to give NC State a 1-0 lead before striking out three of the next four batters knocked him out of the match. collection without further damage.

Virginia’s offense responded in the bottom of the first inning, when Griff O’Ferrall walked and Ethan Anderson singled to put runners on first and second base with no outs. The next two batters struckout, but then Jacob Ference delivered a two-out, three-run home run to left field to give the Cavaliers a 3-1 lead.

The next three innings passed without any runs crossing the plate, as Blanco and NC State starter Sam Highfill each got through the second and worked around some issues in the third and fourth to keep the score at 3-1.

NC State tied things up with two runs in the top of the fifth, scoring on a fielder’s choice double play and then a solo home run by Brandon Butterworth.

Both teams were retired in order in the sixth, then NC State took the lead in the top of the seventh when Chase Hungate surrendered back-to-back RBI singles to Luke Nixon and Alex Sosa.

Virginia threatened with two runners on base in the bottom of the seventh inning, but was unable to capitalize.

By the time the Cavaliers got things going offensively, the Wolfpack had pushed their lead to four runs when Blake Barker gave up a single and then gave up the ball to Jay Woolfolk, who gave up a two-run home run to Garrett Pennington to to make a single. it 7-3.

So when Virginia got two runs back in the bottom of the eighth on a two-run home run by Eric Becker, it only got the Cavaliers back within two runs instead of tying the game.

Griff O’Ferrall followed that up with a double down the right field line, but the next two UVA batters were retired, sending the game to the ninth, with NC State still leading 7-5.

Woolfolk retired the side in the top of the ninth, but the Cavaliers fell 1-2-3 in the bottom of the ninth as NC State took game 1. Chase Hungate was awarded the loss, his first of the season.

Virginia will look to tie NC State in Game 2 on Saturday at noon at Disharoon Park.