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Umberger Pitches Liberty Past The Citadel, 2-1, at Crab House Shootout
Liberty starter Dustin Umberger had an outstanding afternoon, allowing one unearned on two hits over seven innings as the Flames defeated the Citadel Bulldogs, 2-1, Saturday afternoon, in their second game of the Crab House Shootout Presented by Trademark Properties at Riley Park.
With the win, The Flames improve to 2-3 on the young season. The Citadel drops to 3-2.
The Citadel took advantage of a Liberty fielding miscue to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With one out, second baseman Bryan Altman reached on a throwing error by the third baseman and moved to second on a ground out. The runner then scored on the first hit of the contest for either team on a single to center field by Richard Jones.
Held hitless through the first four innings, Liberty opened the top of the fifth with back-to-back singles. Tim Nanry (Sr., LF, Rochester, N.Y.) reached on an infield single on a grounder deep in the hole between shortstop and third base. The next batter Cody Brown (R-So., 1B, Boca Raton, Fla.) singled past the second baseman to put runners on first and second. After Bulldog starter Matt Crim retired the next two batters, catcher Errol Hollinger (So., C, Upland, Calif.) singled sharply up the middle to plate Nanry and Brown for a 2-1 Flames' advantage.
Umberger (So., RHP, Hummelstown, Pa.) kept the Bulldogs in check through the first seven innings, holding the Citadel to two hits and the lone unearned run, while striking out five and walking one batter, before giving way to Ryan Page (Jr., LHP, Cranberry Twp., Pa.) to begin the eighth.
The right-hander records his first victory of the year to move to 1-1. Page retired all six batters he faced to earn his first save. Crim falls to 0-1 after yielding two runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one.
The Flames finish their three-game weekend at the Crab House Shootout tomorrow morning against Richmond . Game time is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Riley Park.