Army loses to Virginia in NCAA regional opener
The Army Black Knights baseball team kicked off the NCAA Charlottesville regionals Friday afternoon with a loss to host favorite Virginia.
Senior starting pitcher Chris Rowley was strong, giving up 2 earned runs in 7 innings. Senior Brian Hapeman followed with a scoreless eighth inning.
The only offense of the day for the Black Knights came from number 9 hitter, second baseman Grant Van Orden, who drove in Army's lone run with a squeeze play, a sacifice bunt to a pitcher that scored freshman centerfielder Jacob Page.
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Rowley held Virginia scoreless through the first four innings. He ran into trouble in the fifth, when he gave up a double, 3 singles, and a walk to the Cavaliers first five hitters, which gave Virginia a 2-1 lead, that they would hold onto for the rest of the game.
Army will play Saturday afternoon against the loser of the Charlottesville Regional (UNC-Wilmington vs. Elon) which takes place at 6 p.m. Friday.