Charlottesville - Radford recorded its most historic baseball victory Wednesday night at Virginia. The Highlanders defeated a top 10 team for the second time in their history, but the first over a team ranked as high as No. 4 as the Cavaliers were entering the game. RU held on for a 9-8 win at Davenport Field.
RU's previous win over a top 10 team was over South Carolina in 2003. The eight-game win streak for the Highlanders ties a school record set in 1989.
The Highlanders exploded for six runs on six hits in the second. The highlight was a Jeff Kemp three-run homer to left field. Josh Reavis also knocked in a run with a single, and Hunter Higgerson delivered a two-run double to give the Highlanders a 9-1 lead.
Virginia (30-4) tallied a run in the fourth on a solo homer by Mike Papi, and added two more on a two-run homer in the sixth by Derek Fisher.
Dylan Nelson (4-2) lasted 6.0 innings and allowed four runs on four hits to earn the victory. Jeff Maxwell worked two innings of scoreless relief, and the Highlanders took a 9-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth. They would need all of the five-run lead as the Cavaliers rallied for four runs and had runners at first and second before Radford was finally to shut the door and hang on for the 9-8 victory.