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Despite Home Runs by Yacyk and Seiz, Liberty Edged by Virginia Tech, 4-3

April 14, 2014
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Andrew Yacyk had two hits, including his third home run of the season, Monday.

Despite home runs by left fielder Andrew Yacyk and second baseman Ryan Seiz, the No. 30 Liberty Flames were unable to overcome an early deficit, as the Virginia Tech Hokies edged the Flames, 4-3, Monday evening at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

After Liberty fell behind 4-0 after three innings, Yacyk, who had two hits on the night, cut the Flames deficit in half with a two-run home run in the fifth. Seiz hit a solo home run in the sixth to pull Liberty to within a run, 4-3. However, the visiting Hokies were able to hold off the Flames, halting Liberty's home winning streak at eight games. The Flames had not lost at Liberty Baseball Stadium since March 15.

Liberty, who is ranked No. 30 in the NCBWA poll this week, drops to 29-9 on the year. The Hokies' win snaps a seven game winning for the Flames. Virginia Tech improves to 18-17-1 on the season.

The visiting Hokies jumped out to a 2-0 edge to open the contest. Center fielder Saige Jenco led off the game with an inside the park home run to take a 1-0 advantage. Second baseman Alex Perez followed with a double and moved to third base on a wild pitch. Right fielder Matt Zagunis then lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to give Virginia Tech a 2-0 lead.

The visitors extended their advantage with two runs in the third. Jenco and Perez singled to open the inning. Jenco then scored on a ground rule double by Zagunis for a 3-0 lead. Perez then came home on a squeeze bunt by left fielder Phil Sciretta to give Virginia Tech a 4-0 lead.

Liberty cut the Virginia Tech lead in half on Yacyk's third home run of the season in the fifth inning.  With one out, shortstop Dalton Britt single and was on board as the Flames' left fielder belted a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall, slicing the Liberty deficit to 4-2.

In the sixth, Seiz led off the home half of the inning with a drive over the center field wall, his Big South-leading 10th home run, to bring Liberty within one at 4-3.

The Flames threatened in the seventh, only to be turned away. Center fielder Ashton Perritt opened the inning with a single and after a Hokies' pitching change, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, Virginia Tech reliever Kit Scheetz stranded Perritt and preserving what proved to be the final score of 4-3.

Liberty starting pitcher Jared Lyons falls to 2-2 on the year. The left-hander allowed four runs on 10 hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six batters and walked one. Lyons settled in after a tough beginning and retired 11 consecutive batters until a single with two outs in the sixth.

Hokies' starter Kit Scheetz moves to 3-1 on the season. He gave up three runs on seven hits over six innings. The left-hander struck out five batters and did not walk a batter. 

Scherzer picked up his fifth save of the year with three innings of scoreless relief. He did not allow a hit. The reliever struck out two batters and walked one.

Virginia Tech outhit Liberty, 11-7. Yacyk was the only Flame with two hits in the contest.

Liberty will host the James Madison Dukes, tomorrow at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.