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UVA baseball wins first game against Kansas State in Super Regional

Charlottesville, Virginia – A beautiful night for baseball, temperatures around 25 degrees and sunny for the start of the Super Regional duel between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Kansas State Wildcats.

That same sun (the one and only sun) caused UVA to fall behind early when Bobby Whalen lost a routine fly ball from Brendan Jones, leading to a triple, and Jacob Parson quickly converted it into a run with a groundout RBI.

Evan Blanco looked great on the mound early on, with his fastball reaching 92 MPH and Kansas State was left scrambling or hoping as Blanco went the first two innings with 3ks and only one hit and one earned run.

Kansas State took advantage of a couple of poorly placed throws from Blanco in the third inning, scoring two more runs for the Wildcats when Kalen Culpepper hit one into left field for a double.

UVA showed signs of coming back in the 3rd and 4th innings, but Owen Boerema did a great job of keeping things under control, bending but not breaking. Jacob Ference managed to turn the ball into a double play, ending the third inning after Casey Sauke and Henry Ford each had two singles. The 'Hoos also failed to bring home Harrison Diddawick in the 4th inning after he hit a leadoff double to the left-center wall.

Boerema was taken out of the game after 5.2 IP, 5Ks, 0 ERs and 95 pitches.

Virginia finally got something in the bottom of the fifth inning. It was an inning that began with one of the most important things in baseball: getting the leadoff man on base. Griff O'Ferral worked a walk, and Bobby Whalen hit a hard grounder between the third baseman's legs, moving Whalen to second and O'Ferral to third. Casey Saucke hit a sacrifice fly to score a run, and Henry Ford hit a grounder to third base, leading to Whalen coming across the plate. The 'Hoos brought Kansas State within one point; the score was 3-2 at the bottom of the fifth inning.

After Evan Blanco made quick work of the top half of the 6th and the bottom half of the 6th inning, the “Party At The Dish” really came into its own. Henry Godbout hit an infield single, Ethan Anderson hit one over the shortstop for a single, and Griff O'Ferrall brought them both home with a two-out, two-RBI double. Ice scores Viens. 4-3 bottom of the 6th inning.

David Bishop hit a solo hit over the wall in right-center for Kansas State in the seventh inning to tie the game, but Blanco retired the next two batters to keep the score at 4-4.

Evan Blanco pitched 7 complete innings, allowed 4 earned runs, and had 9 strikeouts. He kept his team in the game; good job.

There were more fireworks in the second half of the 7th inning when Henry Godbout hit a clear 3-run home run into the left field bleachers, bringing home Harrison Didawick and Casey Saucke. 7-4 end of the 7th inning.

Angelo Tonas made quick work of the 8th inning, getting two groundouts and a flyout for Kansas State in the 8th inning, then getting the first out with another groundout in the 9th inning.

Matt Augustin was responsible for the last two outs of the game and mastered the task with flying colors, forcing a tough out to right field and ending the game with a strikeout for Nick English.

With a final score of 7-4, UVA will face Kansas State again tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Disharron Park on ESPNU.