Emory, Virginia - It took extra innings but, UVa-Wise extended its winning streak to 14 games over Emory and Henry with a 14-10, 10 inning win over the host Wasps in Emory, Virginia on Tuesday. The Cavaliers overcame seven errors, 10 unearned runs, and an early 5-0 deficit to claw all the way back to claim the non-conference victory.
The Cavaliers were able to force extra innings following a bases loaded walk by Tommy Meier on a 3-2 count with two outs to tie the game in the top of the ninth. Relief pitcher Josh Guizar worked a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to send the game to the tenth inning knotted at 10. In the extra frame, the UVa-Wise offense continued to pound out hits. Freddy Garay led off the inning with a single, two batters later Brian King blasted a two-run home run to give the Cavs their first lead of the day.
The inning was just beginning for UVa-Wise as Brandon Fletcher followed up the home run with a base hit; one batter later, Brett Hylton blasted his second home run of the day to complete a four run inning. The Wasps appeared to be mounting a comeback bid in the bottom half of the frame when Bransen Christopher led off the inning with a double. From there, Guizar set the next three hitters down in order to record his first win of the season. Guizar was the lone Cav not to allow a run in the contest as he worked three scoreless innings; the right hander fanned three without allowing a walk in the ten batters he faced.
The Wasps took advantage of two errors by the Cavs in the first two innings to score five unearned runs en route to building a 5-0 lead after two frames. UVa-Wise dented the scoreboard in the top half of the third inning on a two RBI double by Steven Allen cutting the deficit to three at 5-2. One inning later, Emory and Henry posted its third scoring inning of the game when UVa-Wise committed another error leading to three more runs pushing the Wasps lead to five at 8-2. In the top of the fifth, the Cavs began a streak of scoring in six consecutive innings as Freddy Garay’s sacrifice fly scored Chaz Hall. The Cavs tacked on another run in the inning when Kirk Jennings grounded out to first scoring Allen from third. UVa-Wise pitching posted its second zero in three innings in the home half of the frame to make the score 8-4 headed to the sixth inning.
Emory and Henry and UVa-Wise traded solo runs in the sixth and seventh inning keeping the advantage at four. In the eighth inning, the Cavs drew within one run as Hylton led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball, Juan Dominguez drove Hylton with a sacrifice fly. Hall followed the sacrifice fly with a line drive base hit and scored on a Meier triple. Meier would score the third run of the inning when Allen found the outfield grass with a single. The bottom of the eighth saw Guizar begin his three scoreless innings of work while the top of the ninth saw UVa-Wise take advantage of a hit batter, a single, and two walks to tie the contest and set the stage for the big tenth inning.
UVa-Wise’s five run comeback was the largest of the season as were the 10 unearned runs they allowed. Several players had huge offensive days for both schools, Hylton paced the Cavs by going 4-5 with two home runs, four runs scored, and three RBIs; teammate Allen went 4-7 on the day with a run scored and three RBIs. Emory and Henry’s Collin Metz drove in three runs while Eric Houff scored four runs from his leadoff spot in the batting order.
The victory improves UVa-Wise to 6-7 on the season while also extending its winning streak over Emory and Henry to 14. The Wasps last victory in the series came during the 2006 season when Emory and Henry posted a 5-4 home victory over UVa-Wise. The Cavs will return to action this weekend when they begin conference play on the road against Lindsey Wilson College. The action can be followed on 1350 AM and online at www.uvawisecavs.com