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Liberty Falls at Virginia Tech, 12-9

May 1, 2007
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David Giammaresi drove in three runs with a triple Tuesday night.

David Giammaresi drove in three runs with a triple Tuesday night.

Taking advantage of seven Liberty errors, the Virginia Tech Hokies downed the Flames, 12-9, Tuesday night in a non-conference contest at English Field.

With its third straight setback, Liberty drops to 28-19 on the year, while Virginia Tech moves to 20-26 after the win. Liberty's seven errors were the most committed by the Flames in a single game this season.

After going down in order to open the contest, Liberty jumped out to an early advantage in the second inning. With one out, Patrick Gaillard (Sr., SS, Taylors, S.C.) singled and Aaron Grijalva (R-Jr., 1B, Redlands, Calif.) walked. The next batter, Phil John (Sr., RF, Linwood, N.J.), dropped a single in front of the Hokie center fielder to load the sacks with Flames. David Giammaresi (Sr., 3B, Coral Springs, Fla.) followed with a liner to center field which fell in for a bases-clearing triple and gave Liberty a 3-0 lead. After a fly out, Kenneth Negron (So., 2B, Kingwood, Texas) ripped a shot down the left field line, catching chalk, for a RBI double, which pushed the Flames' lead to 4-0.

Liberty extended its cushion to 6-0 in the top of the third inning. Garrett Young (Jr., CF, Fountain Valley, Calif.) started off the frame for the Flames with a bunt single. Tim Nanry followed by lining a ball off the left field wall for a double to put both runners in scoring position. Gaillard banged a RBI single through the box to plate Young. Nanry then scored on a double play.

Virginia Tech answered in the bottom of the third, striking for six runs on four hits and two Liberty errors. Designated hitter Luke Padgettt singled up the middle to lead off the uprising. Both runners were safe as an attempt to get the lead runner on Sean Ryan's chopper back to the mound was overthrown into center field. With Hokie runners on second and third, Matt Hacker brought home Padgett with a fielder's choice ground ball on which all runners were safe. The next hitter, Sean O'Brien, doubled, plating the second Virginia Tech run of the frame. Center fielder Nate Parks followed with a two-run triple to make it, 6-4, Flames.

After a Liberty pitching change, Bryan Thomas continued the home team's outburst by singling home Parks. An error by the Flames shortstop allowed the sixth Virginia Tech run to score, knotting the game at 6-6.

In their next at bat, the Hokies took their first advantage of the evening. Ryan reached on a bunt single to open the frame and advanced to second on a single by Hacker. After the runners were moved into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt, Parks poked a two-run single to left, giving Virginia Tech an 8-6 lead.

The Flames went back in front in the top of the fifth. Both Keller and Young were hit by a pitch to begin the frame. Nanry followed by ripping a triple into the right centerfield gap to tie the game again, this time at eight. Two batters later, Aaron Grijalva (R-Jr., 1B, Redlands, Calif.) cashed in Nanry with a single and Liberty took a 9-8 edge.

Virginia Tech once again answered in the bottom of the inning as the Flames' fielding woes continued. Leadoff hitter Warren Schaeffer reached on an error by the Liberty second baseman. Schaeffer then moved to all the way to third as a pickoff throw went wide at first base and rolled away down the right field line. After a strikeout, Schaeffer tied the game again at 9-9, scoring on a ground out by Padgett. The next Hokie batter, Ryan, walked, and Virginia Tech reclaimed the lead, 10-9, on a double by Hacker.

The Hokies upped their advantage to the final score of 12-9 in the sixth. Parks walked and scored on a double by Thomas to open the frame. Thomas moved to third on a fly ball and came home on a sacrifice fly by Schaeffer.

Reliever Ryan Page (Jr., LHP, Cranberry Twp., Pa.), the third of five Liberty pitchers on the evening, picked up the loss to fall to 2-3 on the season. The left hander allowed two runs (both unearned) on two hits in two innings of work. Virginia Tech reliever Rhett Ballard ran his mark to 6-2 on the year, scattering three runs on two hits over six innings.

The Hokies were sparked by Thomas' three hits, as well as Parks and Hacker, who posted two hits apiece. Liberty was paced by Nanry and Gaillard, who each had two hits for the Flames.

The Flames will return to action on Friday, as they travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face the Arizona Wildcats from the Pac-10 Conference in a three-game weekend series. The start of Friday's game one is scheduled for 10 p.m. Eastern time.