Down 2-0 early, the Wright State baseball team rallied to take the lead in the fifth and then broke a 3-3 tie with two in the ninth for a 5-4 win at #14 Virginia Saturday night.
The Cavaliers scored twice in the first for the early advantage and it stayed that way until WSU went in front with three in the fifth. Zach Tanner led off with a hit to center and, one out later, Ryan Ashe singled through the left side of the infield.
That brought Justin Kopale to the plate and the junior shortstop delivered as he drove a full-count pitch over the fence in left for a three-run home run, his first of the season and the first by a Raider in 2012.
Virginia, though, tallied an unearned run in its half of the fifth to tie it and it stayed that way until Wright State broke the deadlock with a pair in the ninth. Jake Hibberd started the rally with a hit and after Tristan Moore walked, a Tanner bunt moved both runners up. Garrett Gray then doubled to left center to plate both Hibberd and Moore and make it 5-3.
The Cavaliers attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth after the first two batters were retired as a walk, single, hit by pitch and another single produced a run, but Michael Schum retired the next batter on a ground out for his first save of the year.
Jordan Marker (2-0) earned the win with an inning of scoreless relief, striking out three. Offensively, Hibberd and Corey Davis led the way with two hits each.
Wright State (2-6) wraps up play in the Virginia Tournament Sunday with an 11:00 contest against Seton Hall.