WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sophomore righthander Josh Sborz struck out four over six hitless innings and Derek Fisher had two hits and two runs batted in as top-ranked Virginia topped host UNCW, 7-2, on Sunday before a Brooks Field record crowd of 3,826, at the Hughes Bros. Challenge.
The Cavaliers concluded the season-opening weekend with a 2-1 mark while the Seahawks were 1-2.
Sborz (1-0) handcuffed the Seahawks, walking three and hitting one while needing just 82 pitches on the afternoon for the win. UNCW sophomore starter Evan Phillips (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, in 3.2 innings of work.
Dillon Bass broke up UVA's no-hit bid with a one-out single in the seventh inning off reliever David Rosenberger. Sophomore Joe Bertone broke up the shutout with his first career homer, a two-run shot, in the eighth inning.
Matt Thaiss added two hits for the Cavaliers.
How It Happened: UVA jumped on Phillips right away, plating two runs on three hits in the top of the first. Joe McCarthy singled in the first run and Fisher scored him with a two-out single to center later in the frame. UVA added two runs in the fourth on a pair of wild pitches by Phillips.
Inside the Box Score: UNCW advanced runners just three times in 17 opportunities and went 0-for-8 in two-out situations … Three of UVA's runs came across via wild pitches … The Cavaliers landed their leadoff hitter on base four time and three of those runners would score.
Notes: The attendance for Sunday's game was a record 3,826, topping the previous mark of 3,608 against North Carolina in 2009 … The Seahawk bullpen allowed its first runs of the season after a pair of shutout efforts in the first two games … Kelly Secrest made his season debut and struck out the side in the eighth inning … Sophomore Nick Monroe retired all three batters he faced in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, including two strikeouts.
Up Next: The Seahawks host Liberty and Ohio next weekend in the Buffalo Wild Wings Battle at the Beach, beginning on Friday. Ohio and Liberty will play at noon followed by UNCW and Liberty at 4 p.m.
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