Baseball falls to Virginia Tech to close opening weekend
Published: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013 23:02
Virginia Tech’s weekend in the Port City will be the last time UNC Wilmington sees them this season—and the Seahawks likely won’t be missing them.
Sunday’s game against Virginia Tech ended a disappointing home stand against the Hokies, with the Seahawks dropping two games in as many days. The Seahawks (2-2) followed up Saturday’s 9-0 loss to Virginia Tech with a 7-2 loss to the Hokies on Sunday afternoon.
Virginia Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and had extended the lead to five before the Seahawks even got on base. UNCW head coach Mark Scalf expressed his frustrations over the slow start.
“We didn’t get off to a good start, from a defensive standpoint…We weren’t throwing as many strikes as we’d like.”
In the first two innings alone, starting pitcher Blaze Tart gave up five hits in only 11 at-bats. Granted, this was the redshirt junior’s first action in nearly two years after missing all of last season because of arm surgery in mid-2011.
“I still went through the same routine I always go through,” Tart said. “Game-wise, I just couldn’t throw strikes.”
Midway through the 2nd, Tart was called to the bullpen. Justin Livengood, a senior from Winston-Salem, came on in relief soon after and was one of four pitchers UNCW used throughout the game.
Mark Zagunis, catcher for Virginia Tech, had an outstanding game for the Hokies, finishing with four hits, three RBIs, and one run, to follow up his two hits and one run against UNCW on Saturday.
The Seahawks’ Luke Dunlap finished with one hit and one run.
Though disappointed with the loss, Scalf was optimistic about the future of his bullpen.
“We’re excited about our pitching staff. Livengood, Secrest, Monroe all had good command of the fastball,” he said.
The Seahawks will look to bounce back Wednesday against Charleston Southern in their first road game of the season.
Attendance at today’s game was listed at 1,002. Today’s game was the 20th game all time between the two teams, tying the series 10-10.