Five-Run Fifth Pushes Virginia Past Liberty
After the Flames took a 3-1 lead on Jonathan Embry's home run in the top of the fifth, the Virginia Cavaliers countered with five two-out runs in the bottom of the inning for a 6-3 victory over Liberty, Tuesday evening at Disharoon Park|
Designated hitter Ben Highfill also hit a home run for the Flames in the contest.
Liberty drops to 29-11 on the season. Virginia moves to 24-18
Box Score Highlights
Records: Liberty (29-11); Virginia (24-18)
Location: Charlottesville, Va. (Disharoon Park)
WP: Chesdin Harrington (3-1) | LP: Garret Price (5-2) | SV: Kyle Whitten (7)
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Highfill homers, 1-0
UVA – 4th INNING – Eikhoff grounds out, Rivoli scores, 1-1
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Embry homers, Guy scores, 3-1
UVA – 5th INNING – Kent homers, Michaels scores, 3-3
UVA – 5th INNING – Rivoli doubles, Gelof scores, 4-3
UVA – 5th INNING – Rivoli scores on throwing error by third baseman, 5-3
UVA – 5th INNING – Eikhoff doubles, Simmons scores, 6-3
– Virginia outhit Liberty, 11-6, in the contests. The Flames made the game's only error.
– Highfill's home run was his first of the season and the first Liberty hit of the game.
– No Flame had more than one hit in the contest.
– Embry belted his team-high seventh home run of the year.
– All five of Virginia's runs in the fifth inning came with two out.
– Cavaliers second baseman Nick Kent hit his third home run of the season.
After seeing the Flames take a 3-1 lead in the top of the fifth, Virginia put together a five-run frame with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Kent started the scoring by lining a two-run home run to tie the score at 3-3. Third baseman Zack Gelof followed with a double and scored on a double by designated hitter Brendan Rivoli to take the lead for good at 4-3.
Beyond the Box Score
– The Flames and Cavaliers split the season series between the two teams. Liberty defeated Virginia 14-5 at Liberty Baseball Stadium on March 13.
– Liberty loses back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 16-17 at South Carolina.
– The Flames began a nine-game road trip on Tuesday. The trip is its longest road swing of the season.
– Liberty scored first in the contest. The Flames are now 21-4 when scoring first.
– Embry has hit a home run in each of the last three games. In addition, the redshirt junior sets a new personal season-high with his seventh home run of 2019, this evening. He previously hit six in both 2017 and 2018.
– Gray Betts extended his hitting streak to six games in the contest, a career high for the freshman.
– With a two-out single in the fifth, second baseman Will Wagner has reached base in 20 consecutive games. The streak is the longest by a Flame, this season, eclipsing 19 by Logan Mathieu.
Liberty returns to ASUN Conference play, this weekend. The Flames travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for a three-game conference series against the Jacksonville Dolphins. The series begins Friday at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.