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Flames Fall to No. 19 Virginia
Liberty falls to 14-17 on the season with the setback. Virginia moves to 26-9.
Liberty staked itself to an early lead, striking for a solo run in the top of the first inning. With two outs, left fielder P.K. Keller (Sr., Clearwater, Fla.) ripped a double down the right field line and scored on a double to center field by the next batter, David Giammaresi (Sr., 1B, Coral Springs, Fla.).
The Flames added two runs in the second frame. Designated hitter Garrett Young (Sr., Fountain Valley, Calif.) led off the inning by singling through the left side of the infield and proceeded to steal second base. Right fielder Jeff Jefferson (Fr., Danville, Va.) then beat out an infield single to third, advancing Young. Joseph Feely (Fr., CF, Chesapeake City, Md.) scored the Liberty designated hitter with a fielder's choice. Later in the stanza, Errol Hollinger (Jr., C, Upland, Calif.) lifted a run-scoring sacrifice fly to make it 3-0, Liberty.
Virginia knotted the game in the home half of the third. Third baseman Patrick Wingfield and center field Jarrett Parker began the inning with back-to-back singles. After the next batter was retired, Cavaliers shortstop Tyler Cannon doubled to plate the first run of the evening for Virginia. Second baseman David Adams then lifted a sacrifice fly to cut the Liberty edge to 3-2. Two batters later, Jeremy Farrell singled home the third Cavalier run, tying the contest at 3-3.
Virginia went on top in the fourth inning with two more runs. Wingfield led off the frame with double and scored on a single by designated hitter Greg Miclat. Later, the Cavaliers added another run on a throwing error for a 5-3 lead.
In the fifth, Virginia extended its advantage. The Cavaliers opened the frame with consecutive triples by David Coleman and pinch hitter Tyler Biddix for a run. Wingfield followed with a sacrifice fly, giving Virginia a 7-3 edge.
Liberty starter Tyler Light (Jr., RHP, San Bernardino, Calif.) drops to 1-1 on the year. The right-hander allowed five runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. Virginia starter Jeff Lorick boosts his season mark to 3-1. The left hander gave up three runs on four hits over five innings. Robert Morey records his second save of the year with three innings of one-hit pitching.
The Flames step back into conference play this weekend. Liberty travels to Radford for a three-game Big South series with the Highlanders. Game time for Friday's series opener is scheduled for 3 p.m.