Saturday College Baseball Round Up

From Liberty athletics:

FARMVILLE, Va. - A single by right fielder Will Shepherd gave Liberty the lead in the sixth inning, as the Liberty Flames defeated the Longwood Lancers, 8-5, Saturday afternoon at Bolding Stadium.

Shepherd had two hits and drove in two runs with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the sixth to give Liberty an advantage it never relinquished.

Second baseman Ryan Seiz also had two hits, including his Big South-leading ninth home run of the season. The second baseman also had two RBIs.

After taking the first two games of this Big South series, Liberty moves to 13-1 in conference play and 28-8 overall. The Flames have won six-straight games and 11 consecutive contests against Big South Conference opponents.

Liberty struck for two runs in the first inning. Left fielder Nick Lacik led off the contest with a single and advanced to second on a ground out. Seiz followed with a single to score Lacik and moved all the way to third base when the ball got by Longwood right fielder Brandon Delk. Designated hitter Becker Sankey followed with a RBI sacrifice fly for a quick 2-0 edge.

In the home half of the opening inning, the Lancers plated a run. With two out, first baseman Alex Owens singled home shortstop Matt Dickason, who singled to open the inning, making it 2-1 in favor of the Flames.

Longwood plated two runs in the second, benefiting from a Liberty error. Second baseman C.J. Roth reached on a bunt single to open the inning and moved to second when Flames starting pitcher Blake Fulghum misplayed a sacrifice bunt attempt by third baseman Brandon Harvell. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Colton Konvicka. A one-out grounder by Dickason scored the first run of the inning to tie the contest. Left fielder Kyri Washington followed with a RBI double to give the Lancers a 3-2 advantage.

Liberty tied the contest in the top of fourth, only to see Longwood take back its lead in the bottom of the inning. In the top of the inning, shortstop Dalton Britt and first baseman Alex Close each singled with one out. After Britt moved to third on a foul out down the right field line by catcher Danny Grauer, third baseman Dylan Allen lined an opposite field single to left, knotting the game at 3-3.

In the home half of the inning, Longwood used a one-out double by Dickason to go back in front, 4-3. After a grounder moved the runner to third, Delk singled to give the host Lancers a 5-3 lead.

The Flames cut into Longwood's advantage in the sixth. With two out, Seiz lined an opposite field home run over the right field wall, trimming the Lancers' edge to 5-4.

Liberty used three runs in the sixth to take the lead. After Allen reached on a fielder's choice, center fielder Ashton Perritt and Lacik drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with two outs. After Longwood went to the bullpen, Shepherd ripped a single into center field off new Lancers pitcher Aaron Myers to plate two runs. And when Shepherd's single was misplayed by Longwood center fielder Konvicka, Lacik also came home to give Liberty a two-run advantage at 7-5.

The Flames added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Seiz was hit by a pitch with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a balk. Sankey followed by lifting a run-producing sacrifice fly for what proved to be the final score of 8-5.

Liberty pitcher Blake Fulghum moves to 3-2 on the year. The left-hander pitched the first nine-inning complete game of his career, not allowing a hit or run over the final four innings. He gave up five runs on 11 hits, striking out three and walking four batters.

Starting pitcher Brandon Vick drops to 3-4 on the season for Longwood. One of three Lancers to pitch in the game, he allowed seven runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked four batters.

Liberty collected nine hits in the contest. Allen joined Seiz and Shepherd with two hits in the game. Longwood had 11 hits. Four Lancers had two hits apiece in the contest.

Liberty and Longwood will meet again in the finale of their three-game series, tomorrow at Bolding Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.


From UVa athletics:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The second-ranked Virginia baseball team had its 16-game home win streak snapped with a 7-1 loss to No. 14 Clemson Saturday afternoon in front of a season-high crowd of 4,886 at Davenport Field. The loss also broke a 13-game ACC home win streak for Virginia (29-6, 13-4 ACC), which gave up more than four runs for just the third time this season.
Virginia starting pitcher Josh Sborz (So., McLean, Va.) worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs, one hit and three walks while striking out five. Sborz (3-2) did not allow a hit until the sixth inning as UVa took a no-hitter into the sixth for the third time this year in ACC play. The nation's top fielding team, UVa was uncharacteristically sloppy, committing a pair of errors as well as several mental blunders.
Clemson starting pitcher Daniel Gossett (4-0) stymied the Cavaliers all day and surrendered just five hits in seven shutout innings. He walked three and struck out four.
After going hitless through the first five innings, Clemson (21-13, 10-6) found its stroke in the sixth inning. Jay Baum drew a leadoff walk and advanced on a sacrifice. After Tyler Slaton walked, Tyler Krieger singled to center and both runners moved up on the throw home. Connor Jones (Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) took over on the mound and gave up a run-scoring single to Garrett Boulware and both runners advanced when the throw in sailed over the cutoff man. Two batters later, Chris Okey hit a sacrifice fly to center to give Clemson a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers blew the game open with a four-run seventh inning. Baum doubled to lead off and following a UVa fielding error, Slaton and Krieger hit consecutive RBI singles. Boulware followed with a two-run home run into the left-field bleachers to give Clemson a commanding 7-0 advantage.
UVa broke up the shutout in the eighth inning when Joe McCarthy (So., Scranton, Pa.) grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded to bring home Branden Cogswell (Jr., Ballston Lake, N.Y.). UVa again loaded the bases with one out before Clemson closer Matt Campbell entered to get the final two outs with no further damage.
The rubber game of the series is slated for 1 p.m. Sunday. --------------------------From VT athletics:

BLACKSBURG - With the tying run standing on second and the winning run on first in the bottom of the ninth, the Virginia Tech baseball team could not get the hit they needed to plate those runs and dropped a 4-2 decision to Maryland in ACC action on Saturday afternoon at English Field.

With two outs in the home half of the frame, the Hokies mounted a rally as Mark Zagunis, Brendon Hayden and Phil Sciretta all singled to load the bases.

However, as Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn had done in the third inning, as well, closer Kevin Mooney got the final out of the frame to escape a bases-loaded jam and the Terrapins held on for the victory.

Maryland (21-12, 7-9 ACC) held two-run leads after its at-bats in the first, second and seventh frames - with Brendon Lowe, Blake Schmidt and Jose Cuas all knocking in single runs.

Tech (16-17-1, 6-11 ACC) answered in the first on an RBI single by Sciretta that scored Zagunis and cut its deficit to 3-2 in the sixth with an RBI from Ricky Surum that plated Sean Keselica.

However, men left on base was the story as the Hokies stranded 13, while the Terrapins left 11 on base.

Zagunis and Hayden each had three hits and were on base four times - Zagunis a hit-by-pitch and Hayden a walk - and Sciretta had two hits.

Shawaryn picked up the win for Maryland improving to 6-2 and Mooney earned his sixth save. Aaron McGarity suffered the loss for Tech and is now 0-1.

The two teams will play the rubber match of the series with a 1 p.m. start time at English Field.


From LC athletics:

LYNCHBURG, VA - The No. 26 Lynchburg College baseball team was outscored 26-8 by No. 21 Shenandoah University in a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference losses Saturday. SU took the first game 15-2 before coming back for an 11-6 victory in game two.

Lynchburg fell behind 9-0 after the first four innings as J.J. McDaniel and Nolan Overby bookended the charge with two-run homers, the latter of which was of the inside-the-park variety.

James Womack entered for the home Hornets in the fourth inning and, after a rocky start, settled in against the nation's top scoring offense. Womack went the fifth, sixth and seventh innings unfazed before encountering trouble in the eighth with a pair of walks.

LC turned to the bullpen, but three more walks and a double saw the home Hornets looking at a six in the eighth-inning spot on the scoreboard and a 15-1 deficit.

Joe Tomasulo drove in LC's run in the seventh and singled in the ninth which allowed Jake Tanner to score on an outfield error.

Lynchburg was undaunted by the first game, charging back from a 2-1 deficit to take a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.

Joe Rogers led off the inning and after a sacrifice bunt, Pat Harris doubled him home to tie the game. An out later, Tanner and Rob Tomasulo connected on RBI singles.

The lead would not last long as Shenandoah's Michael Paul singled with one out. A hit by pitch and a walk later, the bases were loaded for Joe Bittner. The new reliever, Trevor Martin, induced a fly out, but a walk to Dan Powers and singles by Lew Johnson and Billy Arens made the score 6-4 in favor of the visitors. A double-steal allowed Arens to score SU's fifth run of the frame.

Dustin Arrowood drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to 7-5, but the visitors plated two runs in the eighth and two more in ninth to put Lynchburg away.

Corbin Lucas, Arens and Johnson each had three hits in game two for Shenandoah (25-5/14-2).

Rob Tomasulo went 4-for-5 for Lynchburg while Harris contributed two RBI as part of a 2-for-4 day.

Lynchburg (20-8/8-7) travels to Roanoke College (12-16/5-11) for an ODAC matchup Sunday at 2 p.m.