CAVS FALL ON OPENING DAY
Courtesy of UVA-Wise athletics
BRISTOL, Tenn. – – Runs were at a premium Saturday as host King University posted just six combined hits in posting a doubleheader non-conference baseball sweep of UVA Wise by scores of 1-0 and 2-1 at the King Baseball Field.
King (2-0) starter Drew Moore and UVA Wise (0-2) starter Daniel Kanagy locked up in a pitcher’s duel in the opener that saw the game go to the bottom of the sixth inning scoreless.
The Tornado would score the game’s lone run when Wes Bonney doubled home Chase Hillard in the home sixth.
A half inning later, Moore finished what he started by retiring the Cavs in order to record the complete game shutout triumph.
UVA Wise picked up just one hit in the loss, a sixth-inning double off the bat of Nick Badgett. It was Badgett’s first hit as a Cav as he finished the contest 1-for-3.
Kanagy was nearly equally as impressive as Moore. Making his first-ever UVA Wise start, Kanagy fanned six while scattering two hits over five innings of work.
Moore finished with seven punchouts while allowing the single hit and issuing two walks in his first start of the year.
Game two saw Cavalier hurler Justin Snider and Tornado starter Christian Walzak lock up on in a second pitcher’s duel.
The contest was scoreless until the fifth inning when Jeb Hurst’s first UVA Wise hit brought home Badgett who doubled to lead off the frame.
The single run would not hold as King tied the game in the sixth. Truman Roper doubled to lead off the inning before coming around to score on Junior Renwick’s RBI single.
The run spoiled five innings of no-hit ball by Snider. The right-hander allowed just two base runners in the outing, issuing a walk and hitting a batter while inducing 10 flyouts and three groundouts.
Neither school would score again until extra innings when Roper and Renwick teamed up again for the winning run. Roper singled to start the eighth and scored two batters later when Renwick doubled down the left field line.
Badgett finished with two of UVA Wise’s four hits while Dakota Sisson also singled in defeat.
Walzak worked five innings allowing a trio of hits while striking out four. Michael Cordova earned the mound win by pitching three innings of scoreless relief.
The same two teams will be back at it tomorrow for a doubleheader. Game one is slated to start at 11:30 a.m.
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