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Flames Fall to Virginia Tech
Liberty drops to 18-18 on the season, while Virginia Tech improves to 16-21 with the win in the midweek contest. The setback snaps a four-game winning streak for the Flames.
Before the contest, the 32 faculty members and students who lost their lives one year ago at Virginia Tech were remembered. Liberty Athletics Department Staff members and student-athletes released 32 balloons in memory of the 32 victims, and a moment of silence was observed.
Once the game got underway, the visiting Hokies jumped onto the scoreboard with four runs in the second inning. With the bases loaded and two out, shortstop Tony Balisteri dropped a single into center field to plate the first two Virginia Tech runs of the contest. First baseman Sean O'Brien followed with a two-run double to the bottom of the center field wall to quickly make it, 4-0 Hokies.
Liberty pushed across a run in the bottom of the inning. David Giammaresi (Sr., 1B, Coral Springs, Fla.) led off by doubling into the left field corner. After advancing to third on a ground out by Cody Brown (Jr., 3B, Boca Raton, Fla.), Giammaresi scored on a single by Garrett Young (Sr., DH, Fountain Valley, Calif.).
Virginia Tech extended its lead to 7-1 in the third frame. With two men on, third baseman Michael Seaborn doubled, scoring both runners for a 6-1 advantage. The next batter, outfielder Steve Bumbry, singled home Seaborn.
The Hokies added four runs in the eighth inning for the final score of 11-1. Virginia Tech plated runs on a triple by Balisteri, singles by O'Brien and pinch hitter Jose Cueto and a throwing error by Liberty.
Flames' starter Tyler Light (Jr., RHP, San Bernardino, Calif.) falls to 1-2 on the year. The first of eight Liberty hurlers on the day, Light allowed four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings. David Cross picks up the win for the Hokies, to move his mark to 3-2 on the season. The first of four Virginia Tech pitchers to take the mound in the contest, Cross gave up one run on three hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.
Liberty, 6-3 in the Big South, steps back into conference play this weekend. The Flames will host the Big South-leading VMI Keydets for a three-game series at Worthington Stadium, starting Friday. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.