From UVa athletics:
From VMI athletics:
LEXINGTON, Va. – Andrew Woods pitched six shutout innings, striking out eight, and the VMI Keydets' pitching staff scattered five hits to lead their squad to a 3-1 win over the Lafayette Leopards, in the finale of a three-game series contested Sunday at Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington, Va. With the win, VMI completed a three-game sweep, its first since March of 2012.
In hurling six scoreless frames, Woods continued the run of success this weekend for VMI (4-2) starting pitchers. Reed Garrett, Connor Bach and Woods combined to throw 20 innings against Lafayette (0-3), striking out 28, allowing just five hits and not surrendering an earned run. In Sunday's series-ending win, Woods threw 79 pitches, 52 for strikes, and earned his first career victory as a starter.
The Keydets jumped ahead early for Woods in the first. Jordan Tarsovich led off with a walk. He then broke for second trying to steal, and Lafayette pitcher Toby Schwartz threw to first. The ball got away, however, and rolled into foul ground well down the right-field line. Tarsovich rounded the bases to score, and was credited with a stolen base and scoring on Schwartz's two-base error to make it 1-0, VMI.
VMI added another run in the second, when Cameron Walter had a two-out infield hit off the foot of Schwartz and LeClair followed with a double to deep center, scoring Walter to double the VMI lead to 2-0.
The game settled down from there, although the Leopards threatened in the fifth. Tim Lazor led off with a single and moved to second on a bunt, but Woods retired Andrew Landolfi and Rob Caliento without further incident, ending the inning.
The Keydet starter made it through six innings and gave way to Berkley Hawkins, who retired the side in order in the seventh, and VMI added on in the bottom half. With two out, LeClair had an infield hit and went to third on a throwing error by reliever Connor McMahon. Tarsovich then followed with a single up the middle, scoring LeClair to make it 3-0, Keydets.
The visitors threatened again in the eighth, this time against Taylor Edens. Landolfi led off with a single and Caliento advanced him with an infield out. Brett Thompson followed with a single, putting runners at the corners, but Edens induced a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Alex Nickles to end the inning.
Lafayette managed a single run in the ninth against Travis Thomas, accounting for the final margin.
VMI was paced offensively by LeClair, who went 2 for 3 with a double and a run batted in, and Tarsovich, who was 1 for 2 with two stolen bases, bumping his total up to four on the young season. Lafayette saw Lazor and Landolfi each notch two hits.
"I was really excited about Andrew Woods getting us through six shutout innings," said VMI head coach Marlin Ikenberry. "The bullpen did a great job - That was the first time Berkley Hawkins had back to back outings in his career, I thought his stuff was exceptional. Taylor Edens did a nice job working out of trouble by getting the 4-6-3 double play in the eighth. I thought Travis Thomas was a little amped up in his second outing, but it was good to see him finish the game for us. Offensively, I thought Gary LeClair did a nice job and that we had positive production from the bottom of the order with him and Cameron Walter. We had a big two-out RBI hit by Jordan Tarsovich in the seventh, but all in all, I was very pleased with the way we pitched and played defense all weekend."
The sweep was VMI's first of a three-game set since beating Presbyterian March 23-25, 2012 and it was the first Keydet four-game winning streak since March 16-22 of last season.
VMI baseball will return to action Tuesday, taking on #1 Virginia at Davenport Field in Charlottesville. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
From LU athletics:
WILMINGTON, N.C. – Despite a strong relief performance by Shawn Clowers, the Liberty Flames could not overcome an early 5-0 deficit, falling to the Ohio Bobcats, 5-4, Sunday in game four of the Battle of the Beach at Brooks Stadium.
With Liberty trailing 5-0 and a runner on second and one out in the fourth, Clowers entered the game and allowed the Flames to climb back into the contest. The left-hander pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings. The junior scattered four hits, while striking out four. He did not walk a batter.
Liberty falls to 3-4 on the season. Ohio moves to 2-3. Seven of the nine runs in the contest were scored with two outs.
Ohio staked itself to a 4-0 advantage in the top of the first inning. Center fielder Mitch Longo led off the contest with his first home run of the season for a 1-0 quick Bobcat advantage. Later in the frame, catcher Nick Bredeson dropped a two-out, bases loaded single into right field to plate two more runs for a 3-0 lead. Ohio then added a run on a double steal for a 4-0 lead.
The Bobcats extended its advantage with a two-out run in the second. Left fielder Chandler Geller lined a triple into the right field corner and scored on a bad-hop single by first baseman Jake Madsen.
Held without a hit through the first three innings, Liberty jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, designated hitter Ryan Seiz lifted a double off the left-center field wall for the Flames' first hit. Two batters later, catcher Danny Grauer blasted his second home run of the year over the left field wall, cutting the Bobcat lead to 5-2.
Liberty struck for a two-out run in the sixth. First baseman Alex Close ripped a double off the right-center field wall with two away. Second baseman Nick Salisbury followed by lining a double down the right field line, trimming the Flames' deficit to two at 5-3.
In the seventh, Liberty pushed another run across to close to within one run. Third baseman Dylan Allen opened the inning with a double off the right field wall. Two batters later, left fielder Nick Lacik reached on an infield single and when Bobcat third baseman Tyler Finkler's throw sailed wide of first, Allen scored to make it, 5-4, Ohio.
The Flames moved the tying run to third base in the bottom of the eighth. With two outs, Liberty received back-to-back singles from shortstop Dalton Britt and Allen. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position at second and third. But, Bobcat reliever Nick Nauracy was able to retire Perritt to end the threat and maintain the Ohio advantage on the scoreboard.
Liberty starter Adam Parks falls to 0-1 on the year. The right-hander gave up five runs on six hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two batters.
Ohio starter Jake Rudnicki moves to 1-0 on the season. He allowed three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three batters.
Liberty had nine hits in the contest. Grauer and Allen each recorded two hits. Ohio collected 11 hits in the game. Madsen had three hits to lead all hitters.
The Flames will face the host UNCW Seahawks 40 minutes after the conclusion of game five at the Battle of the Beach, this afternoon (approx. 5 p.m.).
From LC athletics:
LYNCHBURG, VA—Senior Zac Patrick threw his first career complete game Sunday afternoon as the Lynchburg College baseball team defeated York (Pa.) College, 8-1, at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Spartan starter David Walker did a superb job the first time through a Hornets' lineup that was averaging 9.8 runs per game. Walker forced Lynchburg to put the ball in play while keeping his pitch count low. None of the nine Hornets got a hit the first time through against Walker as the only base runner, Jake Tanner, reached on an error by the third baseman to lead off the third inning.
Lynchburg made the Spartans pay for the error as two batters later Lincoln Evans doubled home Tanner with two outs.
The Evan's double was a sign that the second time through the lineup would be more favorable to the Hornets. The four and five-hole hitters, Jay Kenyon and Wil Parsons, were both hit by pitches with one out to put a runner in scoring position for catcher Rob Tomasulo.
Rob Tomasulo doubled into the left-center field gap to score Kenyon, giving Lynchburg the 2-0 lead.
Patrick continued his beautiful start to the 2014 season by starting the game with four scoreless innings. Patrick worked very quickly on the mound for the Hornets, making York (Pa.) uncomfortable in the box to gain to upper hand.
The senior struck out five Spartans in the first four innings against two walks while surrendering three hits.
York (Pa.) got on the board in the fifth when J.J. Oleniacz reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by the shortstop. A sacrifice bunt advanced Oleniacz to third where Brad Wenzel pulled a ball just over the first base bag for a run-scoring double.
The Hornets threatened in the fifth inning with the bases loaded and only one out, but Tyler Alexander induced a 5-2-3 double play to get out of the jam.
Lynchburg got the insurance runs it needed to support Patrick in the sixth when Rob Tomasulo was hit by a pitch and Jake Tanner walked with one out. York (Pa.) went to the bullpen again, bringing in Elliot Mortimer, but Joe Tomasulo muscled Mortimer's inside pitch out to right field to score his brother, Rob.
Evans added a fourth run for the Hornets when he smoked a grounder to shortstop. Wenzel came off first trying to catch the throw before Evans got there and that error allowed Tanner to race home.
Patrick finished off his first career complete game with a career-high seven strikeouts, allowing one unearned run on four hits while surrendering four walks.
Evans finished 3-for-5 for the Hornets with a run and two RBI while Joe Rogers added a pair of RBI, giving him 10 for the weekend.
Lynchburg (6-1) travels to Greensboro College (1-1) Tuesday for a 3 p.m. start in non-conference action.