Liberty Tops No. 12 Virginia Tech 8-2
Dylan Cumming pitched six scoreless innings and first baseman Logan Mathieu hit a home run and drove in three runs, as the Liberty Flames sank the No. 12 Virginia Tech Hokies 8-2, Tuesday evening at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Making his first start of 2021, Cummings, a transfer, allowed one hit through the first six innings to record his first win in a Liberty uniform.
Mathieu hit his eighth home run of the season in the third inning and had a two-run double during Liberty's five-run fifth inning.
Liberty scored five runs on seven hits in the fifth inning to take a 7-0 advantage and never looked back on their way to the victory.
The Flames go 5-0 on their homestand and move to 22-8 overall. The Hokies, who entered the week ranked as high as No. 12 nationally, see their six-game winning streak come to an end. They fall to 19-10 overall.
Box Score Highlights
Records: Virginia Tech (19-10); Liberty (22-8)
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium)
WP: Dylan Cumming (1-0) | LP: Ryan Okuda (2-2) | SV: Fraser Ellard (3)
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Mathieu homers, 1-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Wilkinson singles Locklear scores, 2-0
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Wagner doubles, Anderson scores, 3-0
LIBERTY – 5th ININNG – McDyre singles, Wagner scores, 4-0
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Wilson singles, Locklear scores, 5-0
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Mathieu doubles, Wilson and McDyre score, 7-0
VT – 7th INNING – Thomas singles, Cross scores, 7-1
VT – 7th INNING – Swisher reaches on a fielder's choice, Rumfield scores, 7-2
LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Wagner singles, Betts scores, 8-2
- Liberty outhit Virginia Tech, 13-6. Each team committed an error.
- Liberty left nine men on base. Virginia Tech left seven.
- Cumming pitched six-plus innings, before leaving in the seventh. He allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out four and walked two.
- Flames reliever Fraser Ellard gave up one hit and did not allow a run over the final three innings to record his third save of the year.
- The first three hitters in Liberty's lineup – catcher Gray Betts, left fielder Aaron Anderson and second baseman each had two hits in the game. Wagner also had two RBI.
- Flames designated hitter Garrett Wilkinson also had two hits and an RBI in the contest.
- Designated hitter Gavin Cross and third baseman Kevin Madden had two hits apiece for the Hokies.
- Virginia Tech starter Ryan Okuda allowed two runs on three hits over 3 1/3 innings in taking the loss.
The Hokies broke through against Cumming for a run and had the bases loaded with no outs in the top of the seventh. Liberty brought in Ellard to pitch and he quickly induced a run-scoring ground out to make it 7-2 Flames. After walking a batter to once again fill the bases, the right-hander struck out the next two Virginia Tech batters to end the threat and the inning.
Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty remains unbeaten at home in 2021, pushing its record to 14-0. The Flames have won 16 straight contests at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium, dating back to last season. It is currently the third longest home winning streak in the country.
- The Flames move to 7-1 in midweek contests, this season.
- Liberty is 14-1 when outhitting its opponents in 2021.
- With two hits, Betts records his 12 multi-hit game of the season. He led off the game with a double, extending his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest for a Liberty player this season. The catcher also has reached base safely in 19 consecutive games, the longest for a Flame this year.
- Anderson records his team-leading 13th multi-hit game of the season.
- With two RBI, Wagner now leads the Flames with eight multi-RBI games.
- Mathieu leads the Flames with eight home runs and is second in the ASUN in the category. He also posts his sixth multi-hit game of the season.
- Ellard has struck out 35 in 20 2/3 innings, an average of 1.7 strike outs per inning.
Liberty returns to ASUN Conference play when its travels to Florence, Ala., for a three-game series with the North Alabama Lions. The series gets underway Friday at 6 p.m.