Apr 13, 2010

Baseball batters Radford

by Axel Cerny

Liberty went on the road this past week as they traveled to Norfolk, Va., on Tuesday to square off against the Old Dominion Monarchs and concluded the week with a three-game weekend series at Radford.

The Flames opened up the contest at Old Dominion with a seven-run first inning and never looked back. The offensive battle ended in favor of Liberty 12-9, thanks in large part to a season-high 21-hit effort from the Flames that saw every starter get at least one hit in the contest. Curran Redal, Tyler Bream and P.J. Jimenez had three hits apiece, contributing to the overall effort. With the win, Liberty moved to 19-9 on the season, while Old Dominion fell to 13-19.

Liberty starter Cameron Giannini picked up the win for Liberty, improving his overall record to 2-1 on the season. Monarch’s starter, Phil McCarthy did not make it out of the first inning against the dominant Flame offense, but still took the loss to fall to 0-2.

On Friday, Liberty jumped on the board in the top the first once again at the RU Baseball Field, in Radford, Va., but the real highlight of the game would end up coming from starting pitcher Shawn Teufel. With a 10-3 Flames victory, the Liberty left-handed ace ran his record to 6-1 on the season after tossing eight innings. During those eight innings, Teufel only gave up three runs on eight hits, while racking up a career-high 10 strikeouts.

The Flames took the second game of the series at Radford, with a 3-1 victory on Saturday.

In what would end up being a tight pitcher’s duel, the Flames scored two of their three runs in a top of the first outburst once again. Allowing only one run over 5 1/3 innings work, Liberty starter Keegan Linza ran his record to a Big-South leading 7-0.

Freshman Josh Richardson closed out the contest for Liberty, tossing 3 2/3 inning of shutout relief, and picking up his third save. Tyler Bream led the Flames offense with two hits.

The Flames wrapped up the third game of the series against Radfordwith a 7-6 victory to complete the sweep.
Liberty improves to 22-9 overall and 6-3 in the Big South

Contact Axel Cerny
at axelcerny@gmail.com.

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