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Liberty Completes Sweep of Presbyterian College
Justin Sizemore drove in four runs and hit a home run, powering the Liberty Flames to a series sweep of the Presbyterian College Blue Hose with a 13-3 win, Sunday in a Big South contest at the PC Baseball Complex.
Sizemore, the Liberty designated hitter, hit a three-run home run in the first inning and added a RBI single in the ninth to tie his career-high for RBIs in a game. The junior previously had four RBIs in a 12-2 victory over Binghamton on March 4, 2011.
With the victory, Liberty moves to 3-0 in Big South action and 20-3 overall. It is the earliest in a season that the Flames have posted 20 victories in program history. Presbyterian College drops to 9-13.
Liberty jumped out to a quick 3-0 advantage in its opening at bat. With one out, center fielder Andy Smith singled and second baseman Bryan Aanderud doubled. Sizemore followed by belting his first home run of the year over the left field fence to stake the Flames to an early lead.
In the sixth inning, Liberty extended their advantage. Catcher Trey Wimmer led off the frame with a double into the right-center field. After moving to third base on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Dalton Sype, Wimmer scored on a wild pitch to give the Flames a 4-0 lead.
Liberty broke the contest open in the seventh, as the first five Flames to bat in the inning scored. Aanderud and Sizemore walked to begin the uprising. First baseman Alex Close plated the first run of the inning by ripping a run-scoring single back through the middle. After right fielder Ryan Cordell reached on an infield single to load the bases, Wimmer walked to force in a run and give the Flames a 6-0 lead. After Close scored on a wild pitch, Sype dropped a RBI single into center field and shortstop Zack Haley brought in a run with a sacrifice fly for a 9-0 advantage.
Both teams scored runs in the eighth inning. Liberty plated a run on a RBI single by Cordell. Presbyterian College spoiled the Flames shutout bid in the bottom of the inning. The Blue Hose pushed across tallies on a pinch hit single by Matt Penden and two-run single by second baseman Andrew Williams to make it, 10-3 Flames,
Liberty added three more runs in the ninth inning. The Flames scored on Tony McClendon's two-run home run, his first round tripper at Liberty, and a single by Sizemore for the final of 13-3.
Flames starter Jacob Kemmerer ups his record to 3-1 on the year. The right-hander did not allowed a run over 5 2/3 innings, scattering eight hits. The first of four Liberty pitchers in the contest, he struck out four batters and walked two.
Blue Hose starter Beau Dees falls to 1-3 on the season. He gave up four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. The first of five PC pitchers to take the mound on the afternoon, the left-hander struck out two batters and walked two.
The Flames had 16 hits in the contest, led by Cordell with four hits. It was the first four-hit game of his collegiate career for the sophomore.
Presbyterian College collected 11 hits. Third baseman Jay Lizanich had three hits for the Blue Hose.
Liberty steps out of conference and travels to Durham, N.C., for a contest against the Duke Blue Devils. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.