Baseball beats Radford 6-3

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Junior left fielder Cayman Richardson scored a run, drove in another and ended the game with an outfield assist Tuesday against Radford. Reed Brown | Courtesy Virginia Athletics

The Virginia baseball team (22-16, 8-10 ACC) beat Radford (17-19, 9-6 Big South) 6-3 at home Tuesday evening.

Freshman second baseman Nic Kent got the scoring started for the Cavaliers in the bottom of the first with a first-pitch solo homer to left — his second of the season. An RBI groundout by junior left fielder Cayman Richardson in the second scored sophomore right fielder Alex Tappen and put Virginia ahead 2-0 through two.

Virginia scored next in the fifth with a sacrifice fly from senior center fielder Cameron Simmons to score Richardson. 

The Cavaliers then put three on the board in the bottom of the sixth. Junior catcher Logan Michaels hit an RBI single to score senior first baseman Nate Eikhoff, then Tappen scored his second run of the day when Richardson grounded into a double play. Kent capped the scoring with his team-leading 31st RBI of the year, a single to center to score sophomore shortstop Tanner Morris.

Freshman left-hander Billy Price got the start on the mound for Virginia, pitching three innings of scoreless baseball with a season-high three strikeouts. He was followed up by freshman right-hander Zach Messinger, who went the next three for the win. Sophomore right-hander Devin Ortiz earned a three-inning save, striking out five Highlanders but giving up their only three runs in the ninth.

The game ended with Richardson earning an outfield assist by throwing out a Radford base runner at second.

The Cavaliers play next in a three-game home series at Disharoon Park over the weekend against Florida State. The games start at 6 p.m. Thursday, 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday.

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