Radford, Va. – Radford scored at least a run in the final five innings of the game on Friday night as the Highlanders took game one of the three game series by a 9-8 score. The Blue Hose tied the Division I era record with four home runs in the game.
Player of the Game
Nick Guimbarda went 3-5 with a home run, Nick Wise went 2-5 with a double, Colton Chapman went 2-3 with a home run while Jonathan White and Jack McLaughlin also added home runs. It was White and Chapman’s third straight game with a home run.
Stat of the Game
Five home runs were hit in this game with the Blue Hose having four of them. Five of the Blue Hose’s eight runs came directly via home run.
The Blue Hose jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first two innings with three solo home runs from White, Mclaughlin and Chapman. Chock threw four shutout innings before Radford got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning.
An RBI single followed by a hit by pitch with the bases loaded brought home the second run and then a two run single put the Highlanders up 4-3 through five innings. Radford added one more run in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 5-0 run and take a 5-3 lead after six innings.
The top of the seventh was a big one for the Blue Hose as they struck for five runs. A two-run bomb from Guimbarda, RBI single from Chapman and a two-run double by Andrew Bladt brought five Blue Hose base runners home.
Radford tacked on single runs in the seventh and eighth and then two in the bottom of the ninth to get the 9-8 win.
For the Record
The Blue Hose move to 13-31 and 6-13 in the Big South while Radford moves to 18-23 and 9-10 in the conference.
The Blue Hose hit four home runs, the most in a game in 2018 and tied for the most in a game in the Division I era.
This was the sixth straight Big South game that was decided by one run for the Blue Hose.
White and Chapman have each hit home runs in three straight games.
Game two of the series starts at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow.