'Hoos struggle to throw strikes, lose to Tribe

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Six Virginia pitchers combined to give up 12 hits and eight walks in a 9-3 loss to William and Mary at Disharoon Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Five of those runs were charged to starter Evan Sperling (0-1), who walked five and had a pair of wild pitches in just 2 1/3 innings of work. Grant Donahue gave up two RBI hits and a sacrifice fly in relief of Sperling before giving way to freshman Zach Messinger, who got the final out of the third inning with the Wahoos trailing 5-3.

Messinger walked a pair and gave up three unearned runs in the fourth inning before he was replaced by Kyle Whitten. Whitten gave up a run on five hits with three strikeouts in two innings of work before Riley Wilson got the final out in the sixth inning. Chesdin Harrington threw three shutout innings to finish the game for UVA, striking out seven and giving up three hits with no walks.

Zach Tsakounis (2-0) got the win out of the bullpen for the Tribe. After Covenant School grad Jacob Haney was tagged for two runs on four hits in the first, Tsakounis took over to start the second inning. He threw 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits with seven strikeouts, while walking three.

Matt McDermott when 4-for-5 with three RBI at the plate for the Tribe, while Hunter Hart finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Brandon Raquet also scored three times for William and Mary, who improved to 5-1 on the season.

Brendan Rivoli had two of Tuesday's eight hits for UVA, who dropped to 4-4 and had a four-game losing streak snapped. It was the Wahoos' first home loss of the season.

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