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Liberty Sweeps Doubleheader and Series with 6-1 Victory
Liberty catcher Trey Wimmer had three hits, as the Flames defeated the Penn State Nittany Lions, 6-1, in game two of a doubleheader at Liberty Baseball Stadium, Sunday.
With the win, Liberty sweeps the doubleheader and the three-game series from Penn State. The Flames improve to 4-2 overall, while the Nittany Lions drop to 1-5 on the year.
The three-game series with Penn State marked the first for the Flames in the newly-constructed Liberty Baseball Stadium. The on-campus facility, which features 2,500 chairback seats and three VIP suites, replaces the baseball program's former home, Worthington Stadium, where Liberty played its home baseball games for 34 seasons (1979-2012).
Wimmer went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple in the contest. The senior catcher went 5-for-6 (.833) with four RBIs and four runs scored in the doubleheader. All five of Wimmer's hits went for extra bases on the day, three doubles and two triples.
Liberty jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Designated hitter Justin Sizemore walked to open the inning and moved to third on the first double of the game for Wimmer. Sizemore then tallied the first run of the game on a passed ball. After left fielder Nick Lacik walked, third baseman Dalton Sype lined a single into left field, scoring Wimmer for the second run of the frame. Right fielder Nick Paxton followed with a squeeze bunt to plate Lacik for a 3-0 edge.
Both teams pushed across single runs in the fourth. In the top of the inning, Penn State right fielder Elliot Searer had a leadoff triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Skerpon two batters later. In the bottom of the frame, shortstop Dalton Britt doubled with one out and scored on Wimmer's two-out triple to make it, 4-1 Flames.
Liberty added single runs in the fourth and sixth innings for the final ledger of 6-1. In the fourth, Sype led off the frame with an infield single and advanced to third on a double by Paxton. Three batters later, first baseman Alex Close brought home Sype with a fielder's choice to give the Flames a 5-1 lead.
An RBI single by second baseman Bryan Aanderud plated the final Liberty run in the sixth.
Liberty starter Brooks Roy recorded his first win of 2013, moving to 1-0. The right-hander gave up one run on four hits over five innings. The senior struck out four and walked two batters.
Penn State starter Patton Taylor took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year. He allowed four runs on five hits during three innings of work. He struck out four and walked three batters.
Liberty collected a double-digit hit total for the second consecutive game with 11 hits. Penn State had five hits in the nightcap of the twinbill.
Liberty will next travel to Elon, N.C., for a contest with the Elon Phoenix on Tuesday. First pitch at Latham Park is slated for 4 p.m.