Jared King and the offense smoked ECU on Opening Day in a 14-4 victory. - USA TODAY Sports
An all around great win for the Cavaliers as the pitching was great and the hitting was better.
Well, I said that their offense was going to be good. I also said the pitching was probably going to struggle a bit and they were going to lose their opening game. I know "sprots" really well, I'd say!
Offensive explosion doesn't begin to describe what the Cavaliers put forth. Lead by Kenny Towns WHO WENT CARAZY! Towns got going in the first with an opposite field grand slam to give a 4-0 lead, and followed it up in the seventh with ANOTHER GRAND SLAM to really cement the victory. Towns ended the day with 8 RBI, 2 Rs, and 2 Hits. Brandon Downes, Branden Cogswell, and Jared King also got in on the action with multihit days of their own.
The pitching wasn't half bad either! First year Brandon Waddell impressed me in his first career start in a UVa uniform giving the Hoos 4.2 innings while only giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits. More impressive was his five strikeouts to two walks ratio. Keep those stats up and he's going to be a formidable Friday night starter.
After Waddell came out in the 5th, more First Years stepped up and showed they belonged under the big lights. Josh Sborz came in and immediately gave up a double to cash in a Waddell run, but that was it. He ended up recording four Ks and zero walks in his 2.1 innings. After Sborz,
Rosengarner Rosenbagger Rosenberger came in and had the worst day of all the Cavalier pitchers! He gave up a solo home run to ECU's Reinheimer (his only ER) in two innings and he only struck out two! Seriously, Henry Rowenberger, if you're going to pitch for this team you need more Ks and a lower ERA! (I kid, I kid)
Hoos look to win the series tomorrow morning. The game was moved up to 10 A.M. tomorrow morning because of a weather threat in the Greenville area. 5th year Scott Silverstein will be on the mound for the Cavaliers and I'll be supplying all the updates via twitter.