CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Nic Kent's two-run home run jump-started a five-run, two-out rally in the fifth inning Tuesday night, as the Cavaliers pushed past Liberty to win 6-3.
Kent is trying to become the first UVA freshman since Jon Benick in 1999 to lead the team in RBI. That game-tying two-run homer in the fifth gave the first-year from nearby St. Anne's-Belfield a team-best 35 RBI on the season.
The Wahoos followed Kent's home run with back-to-back doubles by Zack Gelof and Brendan Rivoli, giving UVA its first lead of the night. After a single by Cam Simmons brought Rivoli around on a throwing error, Nate Eikhoff's RBI double capped both the five-run frame and the scoring for the night.
Liberty's runs all came on homers -- a solo shot to left by Ben Highfill off UVA starter Andrew Abbott in the third inning that gave the Flames a 1-0 lead, then a two-run home run by Jonathan Embry in the top of the fifth inning off Chesdin Harrington that made it 3-1 Liberty.
That home run was the only hit allowed by Abbott, who struck out six and walked two in four innings of work. Harrington (3-1) got the win in relief after giving up five hits and striking out three with one walk in three-plus innings. Kyle Whitten retired all three hitters he faced in the ninth to notch his seventh save.