Virginia Baseball Falls to Liberty
Cavaliers drop first home game of 2012
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia baseball team lost 8-0 to Liberty Tuesday afternoon at Davenport Field. It marked the Cavaliers' first regular-season midweek loss at home since April 8, 2009, against Stony Brook, a streak of 28-consecutive games.
Virginia (5-2-1) collected two hits against the Flames' pitching staff, a second-inning Colin Harrington (Jr., Johnstown, Pa.) single and a ninth-inning Brandon Downes (Fr., South Plainfield, N.J.) single.
Liberty (9-1) finished with 11 hits, including two from Michael Robertson and Trey Wimmer.
Virginia starting pitcher Artie Lewicki (So., Wyckoff, N.J.) worked into the fourth inning and was credited with the loss. In 3.0 innings Lewicki (0-1) allowed five runs (four earned), five hits and two walks while striking out two.
Liberty reliever Blake Forslund (1-0) earned the win after tossing 3.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He walked five but did not allow a hit. Flames starter Tim Dudley worked 2.1 scoreless innings before leaving the game with an apparent injury.
Liberty struck first with a pair of two-out RBI hits in the third inning. Andy Smith walked with one out and then stole second base. He scored with two outs when Tyler Cox singled to right on a 3-2 pitch. Cox moved to second on an errant throw to the plate; this proved key when Bryan Aanderud hit the next pitch up the middle for an RBI single.
The Flames padded their lead with a three-run fourth inning. Ryan Cordell led off with a triple, and Dalton Sype and Zack Haley followed with consecutive run-scoring doubles to knock Lewicki from the game. Reliever Kyle Crockett (So., Poquoson, Va.) induced a pair of groundouts to second base before Robertson lined a single to right-center to plate Haley from third and push the Liberty lead to 5-0.
Liberty's lead ballooned to 8-0 in the sixth. With the bases loaded and two outs, the Flames took advantage of a muffed throw on an Aanderud fielder's choice grounder, which would have ended the inning. That brought in a run, and Wimmer followed with a two-run single.
UVa returns to Davenport Field this weekend for a three-team round robin tournament featuring Seton Hall and Wright State. All three teams competed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Two games will be played Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Seton Hall and Wright State open play at noon Friday, and WSU then will face the Cavaliers at 4 p.m.
LASALLE OVER LAFAYETTE 11-1
PHILADELPHIA - After five straight games away from Philadelphia, the baseball team opened Hank DeVicnent Field in style with an 11-1 victory over Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon.
The Explorers (3-3) struck first in the second inning when Brendan Norton drove in a run with a bases-loaded hit by pitch. The next batter, Jeff Flax, singled home Joe Bennie to put La Salle on top 2-0. Flax finished the game 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Bennie led off the fourth with an opposite field solo home run, the first hit by La Salle batter this season. La Salle tacked on another run later in the inning when Norton scored on a balk by Lafayette reliever Ben Meer.
The Leopards (2-2) threatened in the fifth as Scott Kelleher led off the frame with a double off La Salle starting pitcher Mark Williams.
Kelleher later scored on an RBI fielder's choice by James McCool to bring Lafayette within 4-1. Southpaw Ryan Donahue relieved Williams with two men on and stopped the bleeding for La Salle with a strikeout to end the threat.
Jon Gyles made his mark on the game in the latter innings with RBI singles in the sixth and eighth to provide some insurance for the Explorers.
Williams, a freshman, made his debut on the hill for La Salle and lasted 4.1 innings in his first career victory. The right-hander allowed just one run off three hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Donahue and Mike McLeod turned in scoreless relief outings for the Explorers. McLeod earned the save and did not allow a hit or a run in 2.2 innings pitched out of the bullpen. The righty got perhaps the biggest outs of the game and forced a double-play in the sixth with the tying run at the plate for Lafayette.
Tony Negrin, Zack Feierstein, Ryan Welling, Danny Klem and Joe Bennie also added RBI for La Salle in a six-run eighth inning before the game was called due to player safety.