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Despite Complete Game by Lambert, Liberty Edged by West Virginia, 2-1
Flames right-hander Trey Lambert pitched his second complete game of the season, only to see Liberty come out on the short end of a 2-1 contest against West Virginia at Liberty Baseball Stadium, Sunday afternoon.
After giving up two runs in the first, Lambert settled in and held the Mountaineers scoreless the rest of the way. He gave up two runs on five hits, striking out two and walking two batters over nine innings. Despite the strong outing, the right-hander falls to 5-3 on the year. At one point in the contest, Lambert retired 13 consecutive batters.
Meanwhile, West Virginia starter Dan Dierdorff matched Lambert, holding Liberty to one run on five hits over nine innings. He struck out five and walked two batters. The Mountaineer right-hander pitched out of two, two-out bases loaded jams and retired the final eight Liberty batters in the contest. He moves to 2-4 on the season.
Liberty falls to 19-17 on the season and concludes a stretch of eight games in nine days. West Virginia moves to 20-17 on the year.
The Mountaineers scored their only runs of the contests in their opening at bat. Shortstop Taylor Munden led off the game with a single and moved to third on a single by center fielder Bryan Boyd. Right fielder Brady Wilson followed with a RBI groundout to plate Munden with the first run of the game. Third baseman Ryan Tuntland followed with another run-scoring groundout to give visiting West Virginia a 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the inning, Liberty loaded the bases, but came away empty. With one out, catcher Trey Wimmer was hit by a pitch and center fielder Ryan Cordell reached on a fielder's choice. Designated hitter Danny Grauer then drew a two-out walk to fill the bases with Flames. But, Dierdorff got the next batter to ground into a fielder's choice out to end the frame.
Liberty again loaded the bases in the third. With one out, second baseman Bryan Aanderud singled. Two batters later, Cordell lined a double into the gap to move both runners into scoring position. Grauer then walked with two outs, packing the bases with Flames. However, Dierdorff retired the next batter to hold Liberty scoreless.
The Flames cut their deficit in half with a run in the fifth. Aanderud lined a double to the warning track in center field and advanced to third base on a passed ball. Wimmer followed with groundout to plate Aanderud and trim the Mountaineers lead to what proved to be the final score of 2-1.
Aanderud had three of Liberty's five hits in the game. Boyd had two of West Virginia's five hits.
Liberty will next host the Old Dominion Monarchs at Liberty Baseball Stadium, Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.