CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. - Virginia scored in each of the first three innings and never looked back as it defeated the Seton Hall baseball team, 10-4, on Saturday in Charlottesville.
Junior Rick Mangione (Orange, Conn.) suffered his first rough outing of the season, giving up six earned runs in just three innings of work.
Freshman Kyle Grimm (Bergenfield, N.J.) was the offensive star for the Pirates, going 3-for-3, with a walk and an RBI. Grimm is now batting a team-leading .433 average.
After giving up one run in the first and two runs in the second, the Pirates offense struck back in the top of the third. Sophomore Zack Granite (Staten Island, N.Y.) led off with a single and Mike Genovese (Livingston, N.J.) moved him to second with a walk. After a passed ball moved Granite to third, senior Will Walsh (New Milford, N.J.) grounded out to first, which scored Granite. Freshman Sal Annuniziata (Bronx, N.Y.) reached on a fielding error by the third baseman and Genovese advanced to third. Scott Kalamar (Bethlehem, Pa.) executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to score Genovese and move Annunziata to second. With two down, freshman Kyle Grimm singled to right field to score the third Pirates run of the inning and give them a 4-3 lead.
Virginia (6-2-1) would respond however, with three runs in the bottom of the third to retake the lead. The big blow was a two-out, two-run home run by Virginia's Mike Papi to give the Cavaliers a 6-4 lead.
Virginia would push across four more insurance runs in the top of the sixth, and Seton Hall was shut out the rest of the way.
Branden Kline got the win for the Cavaliers with six innings and just one earned run.
The Pirates (3-6) will return to action tomorrow with a pair of contests. Seton Hall will face Wright State at 11:00 a.m. and Virginia at 2:30 p.m. Seton Hall's home opener is Wednesday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m. vs. Manhattan, led by former standout player and Coach Jim Duffy.
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