From LU athletics:
WILMINGTON, N.C. – First baseman Alex Close hit two home runs and third baseman Dalton Britt had four hits, powering the Liberty Flames past the host UNCW Seahawks, 14-6, Saturday afternoon in game two of the Battle of the Beach at Brooks Stadium.
Paced by Close and Britt, Liberty collected season-highs in runs with 14 and hits with 17.
Close drove in a season-high three runs with his first two home runs of the season in the contest. Each of the junior's home runs came with two outs, connecting for a solo round tripper in the fourth and a two-run shot in the seventh. He also had a single to collect the first three-hit game of his career.
Britt posted the first four-hit game of his career in the Liberty victory. The third baseman was 4-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. Meanwhile, catcher Danny Grauer also drove in three runs with two doubles.
Liberty evens its record at 3-3 on the year. The victory was the second of the day for the Flames at the Battle of the Beach. Liberty defeated Ohio, 8-5, in the first game of the tournament earlier. UNCW drops to 1-3 on the season.
Liberty struck for a run in its opening at bat. With one out, left fielder Nick Lacik was hit by a pitch. Two batters later, right fielder Andrew Yacyk lined a double into the left field corner, plating Lacik for a 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fourth, Close extended the Liberty lead. With two outs, the first baseman ripped a solo home run over the left field fence, giving the Flames a 2-0 edge.
Liberty stretched its advantage with a four-run uprising in its next at bat. Britt led off the fifth inning with a sharply hit single back through the middle of the diamond. Two batters later, center fielder Ashton Perritt split the right-center field gap with a double, scoring Britt with the first run of the inning.
After advancing to third on an infield single by Lacik, Perrit came home on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Ryan Seiz for a 4-0 Liberty edge. Yacyk followed with a single, and he and Lacik scored on a double off the right field wall by catcher Danny Grauer to give the Flames a 6-0 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, UNCW got on the scoreboard with two runs. Seahawks designated hitter Nick Monroe opened the inning by hitting the first home run of his college career over the left field wall. Later, catcher Drew Farber ended up on third with two outs, when Liberty's Yayck dropped his fly ball to right field. Shortstop Terrence Connelly followed with a run-scoring single back through the middle of the infield, cutting the Flames' advantage to 6-2.
The host Seahawks inched closer with a run in the sixth. Second baseman Luis Renvil reached on an infield single off of Liberty starting pitcher Trey Lambert and advance to third on a double lined down the left field line by third baseman Ryan LaGrange, opening the inning. A sacrifice fly by first baseman Corey Dick plated Renvil, trimming the Flames' advantage to 6-3.
Close struck again with two outs in the seventh. With Seiz aboard, the Liberty first baseman smashed a 2-0 offering over the center field wall, upping the Flames' lead to 8-3.
Liberty scored six runs, batting around in the ninth. A double by Grauer, a single by Britt, a pinch hit single by Dylan Allen, a ground out by pinch hitter Jake Barbee, an infield single by Will Shepherd and a wild pitch plated runs for the Flames.
UNCW pushed three runs across in the bottom of the ninth for the final outcome.
Liberty's Lambert gave the Flames eight strong innings, evening his record at 1-1. The right-hander allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits over eight innings. He struck out six and walked one batter.
UNCW starting pitcher Mat Batts falls to 0-1 on the season. The 2013 CAA Pitcher of Year gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
UNCW finished the game with eight hits.
Liberty will play two games tomorrow in the final day of the Battle of the Beach tournament. The Flames will meet the Ohio Bobcats at 10 a.m. and later, will then play UNCW in the third game of the day.
From VMI athletics:
LEXINGTON, Va. – Ray Lopez went 3 for 4 with four RBI's, pacing an offensive attack that saw eight of nine starters notch at least one hit as the VMI Keydets defeated the Lafayette Leopards, 10-3, in non-conference baseball action Saturday at Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington, Va.
One night after Reed Garrett no-hit Lafayette (0-2), the game was tied 1-1 headed to the bottom of the third inning when VMI's (3-2) offense exploded. The Keydets put three on the board in the third, four in the fourth and two more in the sixth, scoring nine unanswered runs to break the game open. Lopez had the afternoon's big blow, a two-run triple to straightaway center field in the fifth, and also added RBI singles in the second and third innings. It was the fifth career three-hit game for the shortstop, while his four RBI were a career best.
On the mound, Connor Bach (1-1) battled through five innings to notch his first win of the year. He did not allow an earned run in those five frames, walking six and striking out seven. Alex Farina (0-1), the Lafayette starter, was tagged for seven runs, six earned, in 4 2/3 innings.
The visitors had the game's first hit, as a Tim Lazor double in the second broke up a string of 10 2/3 no-hit innings by the VMI pitching staff. Lazor was left stranded, however, and the Keydets pushed across a run in the bottom half on a two-out single by Lopez, scoring Brandon Angus for a 1-0 VMI lead.
The Leopards tied it in the third, doing so on a passed ball, but VMI took the lead for good in the bottom half. Jordan Tarsovich led off with a double and David Geary followed with a bunt single. Red Dowdell walked to load the bases, and Angus delivered a two-run single through the right side, making it 3-1. Two batters later, Lopez singled up the middle to add a run for a 4-1 Keydet advantage.
The home team added on once again in the fifth. Dowdell led off with a single, and one batter later, Matt Winn walked. Eric Mayers flew out, but Lopez hammered a long drive over the head of center fielder Andrew Santomauro for his first triple of the year. The two-run three-bagger made it 6-1, and gave the sophomore four two-out RBI's. The next batter, Cameron Walter, drove home Lopez with a double, and Walter would score later in the inning via a balk as well.
VMI scored its final runs in the sixth, when Geary was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Dowdell then walked, and after an Angus sacrifice bunt, Winn singled Geary home for an eight-run Keydet lead. Mayers then capped the Keydet scoring with a sacrifice fly.
Alex Woinski had a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning for Lafayette, accounting for the final margin.
In addition to Lopez, Dowdell had a strong day for the VMI offense, going 1 for 2 with two walks and three runs scored, while Angus had two RBI's and Geary scored twice. Lafayette was led by Lazor's 2 for 4 day.
VMI baseball will go for the series sweep, its first of a three-game series since March 23-25, 2012, in the series finale Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
From VT athletics:
BATON ROUGE, La. – Virginia Tech's freshmen, with some help from catcher Mark Zagunis, led the Hokies to an 8-2 victory over Texas Southern on Saturday afternoon at Alex Box Stadium in the second day of the LSU baseball Tournament.
Tech started five freshmen – four of them hitters – and the quartet combined to go 6 for 14 with five runs scored, two RBIs, two walks, two stolen bases and one hit by pitch. Zagunis added a two-hit day and tied his career high with four RBIs.
The Hokies jumped out to a six-run lead after their at-bats in the top of the second. Alex Perez scored Saige Jenco with the first run with a double and Zagunis drove home Tom Stoffel on a sac fly. In the second, Jenco plated two with a single (Ryan Burns and Miguel Ceballos) and a two-RBI double by Zagunis made it 6-0.
That was all the run support the Tech pitchers would need – both freshmen – as Kit Scheetz picked up his first career win in his first career start. He went 5.0 innings with five strikeouts, allowed two runs on five hits and walked just one. Aaron McGarity earned his first save by tossing the last four innings scoreless, scattering five hits and striking out two.
Texas Southern (2-5) plated its only two runs in the bottom of the second on an RBI single by Andrew Garza and a sac fly by Chris DeLeon. Felix Gomez (0-1) suffered the loss on the mound for the Tigers.
Tech (2-2) will finish the LSU Tournament with a Noon (ET) game against Toledo before heading back to Blacksburg to start a six-game home stand.
From LC athletics:
LYNCHBURG, VA-The Lynchburg College baseball team showed it likes to hit at the Liberty Baseball Stadium, post 25 runs in two games against Oneonta State College, dropping game one 5-4 before winning game two, 21-12.
Lynchburg's 4-0 record coming into Saturday's doubleheader was the best start for the Hornets since starting the 1995 campaign 4-0.
Oneonta starting pitcher Steve Ascher held the Hornets at bay in the first game of 2014 for the Red Dragons. The junior struck out 11 batters, including a stretch from the third to the sixth inning where eight straight outs came by way of strike three.
Lynchburg jumped out to an early 3-1 lead in the second inning when Wil Parsons led off with a triple over the head of the right fielder before scoring on a Lincoln Evans' double. The Hornets manufactured the other two runs as a walk and sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position. A Drew Taylor sacrifice fly and passed ball finished the Hornet scoring.
Lynchburg cut into the 5-3 deficit in the sixth when Evans skied a ball above the head of the second baseman who lost it in the sun, allowing KC Caldwell to score. A pair of walks loaded the bases, but the Red Dragon closer, Kyle Jordan, induced a groundout to end the threat.
The Hornets had one final chance in the seventh when Joe Tomasulo beat out an infield single and proceeded to steal second and third. Caldwell fought off eight foul balls with a 3-2 count before putting one on the ground to third base. The throw beat Caldwell by a split second to end the game.
Evans went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in game one for the Hornets.
Lynchburg fell behind 4-0 in the first inning of game two before Michael Day entered to limit the damage by collecting three straight outs.
The Hornets answered in the bottom of the first as Evans was hit by a pitch and Joe Rogers walked. Following a fly out, LC executed a double-steal where a throwing error by the catcher scored Evans. Dustin Arrowood then sent Alex Matrianni's pitch over the wall in deep right-center field to cut the gap to 4-3.
Rogers continued to hit the Red Dragons hard, tripling to right-center field in the second and third innings and doubling in the fourth to plate seven RBI.
The output by Rogers was part of 16 unanswered runs scored by the Hornets after trailing 6-3 heading into the bottom of the second.
Oneonta showed the ability to consistently put the ball in play so leading 9-6, Lynchburg needed a big inning to put the game away.
LC already batted around in the third to plate five runs to take the 9-6 lead, but in the fourth inning 14 Hornets came to the plate. The Hornets scored 10 runs in the inning as 10 players in a row reached base safely to pull away 19-6.
The Hornets stayed aggressive throughout game two, stealing a season-high nine bases.
Day went four and a third innings to pick up his first collegiate win in his first appearance for the Hornets. Rogers finished game two 4-for-4 with three triples, a run scored, a stolen base and a career-high eight RBI.
Jon Halligan hit an opposite-field grand slam for the Red Dragons (1-1) in the game two loss.
Lynchburg (5-1) will host York (Pa.) College (0-0) Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Baseball Stadium.