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No. 11 UVa Use Three-Run Sixth to Trip Flames

April 28, 2009  Charlottesville, Va.  RSS
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Outfielder Curran Redal had two hits, Tuesday night

Outfielder Curran Redal had two hits, Tuesday night

After Liberty had tied the contest in top of the inning, the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth, en route to a 5-2 win over the Flames, Tuesday night at Davenport Field.

Liberty drops to 29-14 overall. Virginia moves to 35-9-1 on the season.

Virginia plated the first run of the contest in the bottom of the third inning. Shortstop Tyler Cannon beat out an infield single to open the frame and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by left fielder David Coleman. Second baseman Corey Hunt followed with a single to score Cannon for a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Cavaliers extended their advantage to 2-0. First baseman Danny Hultzen led off the inning with a double into the right-center field gap. Two batters later, third baseman Steven Proscia lined a RBI single into center field to bring home Hultzen with Virginia's second run of the contest.

Liberty scored its first run of the night in the top of the fifth. With two outs, right fielder Tim Rotola singled up the middle. After Rotola stole second base, first baseman Trey Wimmer (Fr., Greenwood, S.C.) singled through the left side of the infield to cash in the Flames right fielder, cutting the Virginia advantage to 2-1.

In the top of the sixth inning, Liberty knotted the contest at 2-2. Shortstop Matt Williams (Fr., Franklin, Tenn.) singled past the pitcher's mound and into center field to begin the frame. Center fielder Curran Redal (Jr., Moses Lake, Wash.) followed by moving Williams to second with a sacrifice bunt. Williams promptly swiped third base and scored when the next batter, catcher Errol Hollinger (Sr., Upland, Calif.), lined a double inside the bag at third.

In the bottom of the stanza, the Cavaliers countered with three runs to go back on top in the contest, 5-2. Center fielder Jarrett Parker hit his 13th home run of the season, leading off the home half of the sixth inning. Designated hitter Phil Gosselin followed with a single. All runners were safe on a bunt base hit by the next hitter, Hultzen. Gosselin and Hultzen advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by right fielder Dan Grovatt. Two batters later, catcher John Hicks grounded a two-out single up the middle, scoring both runners.

Liberty starter Tyler Light (Sr., RHP, San Bernardino, Calif.) drops to 1-3 on the year. The senior right-hander allowed five runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four. Carter Browning (Jr., RHP, Ada, Okla.) followed with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief. Zane Bator (Jr., RHP, Moses Lake, Wash.) finished for the Flames, allowing one hit in one inning of relief.

Virginia starter Matt Packer picks up the win to run his record on the season to 3-4. The left-hander gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out two and walking one. Kevin Arico, the third pitcher in the contest for the Cavaliers, records his sixth save of the year, with a scoreless ninth.

Liberty's Redal and left fielder Joseph Feeley (So., Chesapeake City, Md.), each had two of the Flames' nine hits in the contest.

Virginia has three players add two hits apiece to the Cavaliers' 11-hit total.

The Flames travel to Conway, S.C., for a three-game Big South Conference weekend series with the No. 22 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. Friday's series opener at Charles Watson Stadium is scheduled for 6 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

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