From LU athletics:
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Liberty Flames jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings of play and then received a solid relief effort from pitcher Shawn Clowers, en route to a 10-7 win over the Richmond Spiders, Tuesday night at the Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Liberty struck for two runs in the first inning and four in the second to take a 6-0 lead, they never relinquished.
After the Spiders plated five runs in the third inning, Clowers entered the game with two outs and two men on and he retired the next batter on a ground out to end the scoring threat. The left-hander went on to give up two runs on two hits over 5 1/3 innings of work to run his record to 3-0 on the season. He struck out six batters and walked one.
Liberty moves to 26-8 on the season. The Flames have won four-straight contests and 12 out of their last 13. Richmond drops to 14-15-1 on the year.
Liberty plated two two-out runs in the first. With right fielder Will Shepherd and second baseman Ryan Seiz on board, shortstop Dalton Britt singled to score Shepherd for a 1-0 edge. First baseman Alex Close followed with a RBI single for a 2-0 advantage.
Liberty added to its lead with four runs in the second. After the Flames loaded the bases with one out, Shepherd plated the first run of the inning, reaching on a fielding error by Richmond starter Peter Bayer. Designated hitter Becker Sankey followed by lining a double into the right field corner to clear the bases to give Liberty a 6-0 lead.
Richmond struck for five runs in the top of the third. After left fielder Eric Flanagan singled to lead off the inning, second baseman Mike Small tripled into the right fielder corner for the Spiders' first run of the contest. Catcher Cory Moheit followed with a ground rule double to make it, 6-2. Center fielder Tanner Stanley then hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the year, cutting the Liberty advantage to 6-4. Later in the inning, the Spiders scored again on a single by designated hitter Kurtis Brown, trimming the Flames' edge to one at 6-5.
In the home half of the third, Liberty answered with three runs. With one out, catcher Danny Grauer was hit by a pitch and third baseman Dylan Allen singled. Center fielder Ashton Perritt followed by ripping a triple into the right field gap for a three-run Liberty advantage at 8-5. Two batters later, Shepherd lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Perritt for a 9-5 lead.
Richmond cut into the Liberty lead again in the fifth. With a runner aboard, third baseman Matt Dacey lined his eighth home run over the right field fence, moving the Spiders to within two at 9-7.
The Flames extended their advantage to what proved to be the final score of 10-7 in the sixth. With one out, Seiz singled and advanced to third on a single by Sankey. Britt followed with a ground out, scoring Seiz for a three-run edge.
Perritt retired the side in order in the top of the ninth to earn his eighth save of the year and close out the Liberty win.
Richmond starter Peter Bayer drops to 1-2 on the season. He was roughed up for nine runs on five hits over three innings. He struck out three and walked four batters.
Hits were even in the game at 10-10. Allen, Perritt and Sankey each had two hits for the Flames. Dacey collected three hits for the Spiders.
Liberty takes to the road for a three-game Big South series at Longwood. The series opens Friday evening at Bolding Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.
From UVa athletics:
FINAL: VCU 11 (23-7), Virginia Tech 6 (14-16-1) (Richmond, Va.) – The Diamond
VCU STARTERS: Acker (RF), Bunn (LF), Cujas (3B), Machin (SS), Ayers (C), Cullen (CF), Davis (2B), Farrar (DH), Marino (1B), Concepcion (RHP)
VIRGINIA TECH STARTERS: Jenco (CF), Perez (2B), Zagunis (DH), Hayeden (3B), Keselica (LF), Sciretta (1B), Stoffel (RF), Mogg (C), Surum (SS), Scheetz (LHP)
THE BASICS: Virginia Tech scored the first five runs of the night, taking a 5-0 to the bottom of the seventh. The Rams then ripped off 11 consecutive runs in the next two frames to take an 11-5 lead. VCU's offensive outburst was highlighted by a 4-for-4 day from catcher Chris Ayers.
HOW IT HAPPENED
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
I was really happy with the performance we got out of Daniel Concepcion tonight, even though he didn't get the win, he kept us in a pretty tight game early. Tech's Kit Scheetz really did a good job attacking our lineup, forcing us to work for everything we got in the early goings.
VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler
It really shows a lot about our ball club and the resiliency we have to battle back down 5-0 in the seventh, and score 11 runs in the seventh and eighth.
VCU Head Coach Shawn Stiffler
Our upperclassmen once again came up big for us when we needed them. Ayers with four hits and Machin with three RBIs, from the fourth and fifth spot in the lineup were keys to helping us put up as many runs as we did.
From VMI athletics:
LEXINGTON, Va. – Five VMI pitchers combined to scatter seven hits and Thomas Stallings homered to provide insurance runs in the eighth as the VMI Keydets downed the William & Mary Tribe, 5-1, in non-conference action Tuesday night at Gray-Minor Stadium.
The Keydets (17-13) took a 2-1 lead in the fourth on a Cameron Walter sacrifice fly and held a William & Mary (20-11) offense that entered the game ranked second in Division I in batting average (.336) to just three hits the rest of the way. All of those hits were singles and the Tribe finished the game having put just six runners in scoring position for the entire contest. Stallings, meanwhile, went deep in the eighth for his second career long ball to provide all the insurance the Keydet bullpen needed.
Ryan Bennett (1-1) got the win for VMI, as he pitched four predetermined innings to pick up his first collegiate victory. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out four, while Aaron Fernandez (2-2) gave up two runs in the fourth and took the loss for the Tribe.
Stallings led the Keydet offense by going 2 for 2 off the bench, while Brandon Angus also chipped in two hits and Nick Thompson was 3 for 5 for the visitors.
Bennett pitched out of a third-inning jam as he got Division I home run leader Michael Katz to ground out with two on, but the Tribe got on the board in the fourth. Charley Gould led off that frame with a towering home run off the left-field scoreboard, his third of the year that gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.
VMI answered in the bottom half, when David Geary led off with a single up the middle. Angus then hit a long drive off the center field wall that went for a triple, his second three-bagger of the year, to score Geary and tie the game, 1-1. That broke a 30-inning scoreless streak for the VMI offense, and Walter immediately followed with a sacrifice fly to give the home team the lead for good, 2-1.
Travis Thomas relieved Bennett and pitched around a two-base error to open the fifth, escaping the inning without allowing a run. VMI then added on in the sixth, when Eric Mayers had a one-out single. Stallings then drove a 1-2 pitch deep into the right center field alley for a double, scoring Mayers for a 3-1 VMI advantage.
W&M put two on against Rian Ellis in the seventh, but again, failed to get a hit with two outs as Gould grounded out. Jonathan Kelley pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and the Keydets capped the scoring in the bottom half. Geary led off with a walk, and two batters later, Stallings hit a long drive off the yellow line on the top of the left field fence. The ball hit that stripe on top of the wall and bounced over for a two-run shot, giving the Keydets a 5-1 cushion. It was Stallings' first career home run at Gray-Minor Stadium and it accounted for the final margin of victory.
The victory was VMI's fifth in the last seven meetings between the clubs and moved VMI to 12-4 at home on the year, just one shy of last season's win total at Gray-Minor Stadium.
VMI baseball will return to action Wednesday, facing the Richmond Spiders at Gray-Minor Stadium. Game time is set for 6 p.m.