GREENVILLE, N.C.—Our long national nightmare is over; college baseball season is officially underway around the country.
A couple early results are in: At the Wake Forest Tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., Patriot League favorite Army routed Atlantic 10 favorite Dayton 14-6. And down in Myrtle Beach, Kentucky showed that it doesn't necessarily need James Paxton to win on Fridays. Led by third-team preseason All-America second baseman Chris Bisson's 4-for-4 day, the Wildcats scored 15 runs behind sophomore righty Alex Meyer (5 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 8 K) to beat Virginia Tech 15-6.
Here at Clark-LeClair Stadium, I'm trying my hand at Twitter. East Carolina jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first against Virginia ace Danny Hultzen, but he wriggled out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with minimal damage, and he has settled in since. But ECU starter Seth Maness got off to a terrific start, using his outstanding changeup and good fastball command to rack up three strikeouts through three scoreless innings. The Pirates carried a 2-0 lead into the fourth.
It's also the warmest day we've had here in North Carolina in weeks, I'd wager. Right now it's 53 degrees and sunny—which is real nice for the Cavaliers. UVa. sports information director Andy Fledderjohan said the Charlottesville area has had the worst winter anyone can remember, with about 60 inches of snow so far. That has made getting ready for the season difficult, but the Cavs have done some good work indoors.
It looks like Virginia is starting to shake the rust off its bats. Hultzen and Dan Grovatt started the fourth with back-to-back singles, and Steven Proscia put UVa. on the board with a sacrifice fly to right. First-team preseason All-American Jarrett Parker followed with his second hit of the day, an RBI double into the left-center-field gap, to tie the score at 2-2. We're all knotted up heading into the bottom of the fourth.
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