No. 2 seed Virginia enters its 14th-straight NCAA Tournament Friday as it faces off against No. 3 seed Dallas Baptist at Texas Christian's Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
While the Patriots delivered three solo home runs as they finally began play in the TCU regional, the quality at-bats that marked a second-half surge were missing in a 6-3 opening loss to second-seeded Virginia (43-14).
Dallas Baptist got two back over the next two innings.
Virginia starting pitcher Derek Casey (Jr., Mechanicsville, Va.) matched a career high by working seven innings, allowing three runs, six hits and no walks while striking out three. The winner will move on to face the victor of the Texas Christian (42-16, 16-8 Big 12) and fourth-seeded Central Connecticut State matchup.More news: Quitting Paris accord likely won't impact many US companies
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"It was the best outing of the year, the best outing of his career really and he picked a great time for it", Virginia coach Brian O'Connor said. The Patriots (40-20) did not have a hit with runners on base, going 0-for-7.
Five of the Wahoos' ten hits came from the bottom of the lineup, as eight-hole hitter Justin Novak was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, while number-nine hitter Andy Weber scored twice and had three hits. Cam Simmons and Adam Haseley followed with back-to-back RBI groundouts to first to stretch the Cavaliers lead to 3-0 after three. They each scored two runs.
Hannah, Tim Millard (Flower Mound) and Garrett Wolforth each went deep for DBU, boosting the team's home-run total to 87, fifth-best in the country. That allowed one run to come home. The Patriots put two on with two outs in the ninth against Doyle, but he fanned Camden Duzanack to end the game.