Strong relief pitching and a pinch-hit home run by Trey McDyre pushed the Liberty Flames past the Virginia Tech Hokies 4-3, Tuesday afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Relievers Evan Brabrand and Garret Price combined to shut down the Virginia Tech bats over the final six innings.
Pinch hitter Trey McDyre opened the bottom of the sixth with a solo home run over the right field wall, his first of the year, breaking a 3-3.
Liberty moves to 9-3 and has now won four consecutive games for the second time this season. The Flames have also won eight of their last nine contests. Virginia Tech drops to 8-3.
Box Score Highlights Records: Virginia Tech (8-3); Liberty (9-3) Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Liberty Baseball Stadium) Attendance: 1,308 WP: Evan Brabrand (2-0) | LP: Ryan Okuda (0-1) | SV: Garret Price (2)
Scoring Summary VT – 1st INNING – Carpenter homers, 1-0 LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Locklear singled, Wagner scores, 1-1 LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Betts singled, Mathieu scores, 2-1 VT – 4th INNING – Carpenter scores on wild pitch, 2-2 VT – 4th INNING – Horanski flies out, Taylor scores, 3-2 LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Rohrer singles, Wagner scores, 3-3 LIBERTY – 6th INNING – McDyre homers, 4-3
Notable Numbers - Liberty outhit Virginia Tech, 9-7. The Flames made the only error in the contest.
- Brabrand and Price allowed only four baserunners and struck out 11 Hokies over the final six innings. Brabrand, who improves to 2-0 on the season with the victory, yielded two hits over 3 1/3 innings. Meanwhile, Price gave up just one hit over the final 2 2/3 innings for his second save of the year.
- McDyre's home run was his first hit of 2019. The opposite field homer was the first pinch-hit home run by a Flames' player since current teammate Jonathan Embry hit a pinch-hit home run in a win at Charleston Southern on April 14, 2018.
- Liberty second baseman Will Wagner had two hits and scored two runs. Right fielder Brandon Rohrer also collected two hits and tied the game at 3-3 with a RBI single in the fourth inning.
- In his first collegiate start, freshman Gray Betts single in the first run of his career and walked.
- Virginia Tech outfielder Kerry Carpenter hit his fifth home run of the season in the first inning.
- The Hokies used eight pitchers in the contest. Right-hander Jack Dellinger saw the longest stint on the mound of two innings.
Turning Point With Virginia Tech on top 3-2 in the top of the fourth and runners on first and second with one out, Brabrand struck out back-to-back Hokies to end the scoring threat. It was the last time in the contest that Virginia Tech moved a runner into scoring position.
Beyond the Box Score - Liberty remains unbeaten at Liberty Baseball Stadium in 2019. With the win, the Flames move to 8-0 at home.
- Liberty defeats Virginia Tech at home for the first time in the last four meetings between the instate rivals in Lynchburg.
- Brabrand has yet to give up a run in four appearances and 12 innings of relief. The right-hander has either recorded a victory or save in each of his appearances (two wins, two saves).
- Price has allowed one run in 12 2/3 innings during a team-high five appearances in 2019.
- With his two hits this afternoon, Wagner extends his team-high hitting streak to seven games.
Up Next Liberty ventures to Tampa, Fla., for a weekend series against the South Florida Bulls. The series gets underway, Friday at USF Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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