With the the baseball point in the Commonwealth Clash on the line, the Virginia Cavaliers defeated Virginia Tech 6-5 Sunday afternoon in walk-off fashion.
The Hokies and Cavaliers split a doubleheader on Friday evening before getting Saturday off. Virginia Tech sent freshman sensation Ian Seymour to the mound for Sunday’s rubber match.
Seymour held the Cavs scoreless for two innings, but a two-run homer from Alex Tappen in the bottom of the third started things off for Virginia.
The Hokies answered immediately, though, scoring three runs in the top of the third. Sam Fragale hit a home run to left field that drove in Nick Owens. Jack Owens came around to score on an RBI single by Luke Horanski later in the inning.
The Hokies scored again in the sixth and seventh innings to take a 5-2 lead.
UVA wasn’t going to go away easily, though. Freshman shortstop Tanner Morris hit a two-RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to move the score within one.
With a narrow lead and a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth, the Hokies sent Joey Sullivan to the mound. Brendan Rivoli hit a triple to right field that drove in Charlie Cody to tie the game. Cameron Comer stepped into the batter’s box, looking to continue his perfect day at the plate. The junior catcher hit a single up the middle to bring Rivoli home and give the Cavaliers the series win.
Seymour finished the day with five innings pitched, giving up two runs on six hits. Seymour struck out three batters and threw 100 pitches for the fifth time this season.
Joey Sullivan got tagged with the loss, facing the final two batters of the game and giving up one run on two hits.
Virginia Tech had nine hits in Sunday’s game. Sam Fragale went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. He also had the only home run of the game for the Hokies.
Nick Owens went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
UVA’s Tanner Morris, who played in the same summer league as Cam Irvine last season, went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. The hero of the game for the Cavaliers, Cameron Comer went 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
The Hokies return home Tuesday for a midweek game against Marshall. The game was originally scheduled to be played on March 19, but was postponed due to weather. Tech will travel to Huntington on Wednesday to play another game against the Thundering Herd.
The Hokies are 24-9 all-time against Marshall, but split last season’s series. Tuesday’s first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. at English Field.
Photo Credit: Harley Taylor
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