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Home Runs by Grauer and Cordell Help Power Liberty past Old Dominion
Grauer hit his fourth home run of the season with one aboard in the third inning. The Liberty designated hitter had two hits in the game and scored a career-high three runs.
Cordell belted his fifth home run of the year with Grauer on base in the eighth. He also drove in two runs in the first with a double. The center fielder finished the night with two hits and four RBIs.
Liberty moves to 20-18 on the year. With the win, the Flames improve to 15-5 in their new home, Liberty Baseball Stadium. Old Dominion drops to 18-17 overall.
Liberty jumped out to an early lead in the home half of the first inning. With two outs, catcher Trey Wimmer singled back through the middle of the diamond and moved to second on a base hit by Grauer. Cordell followed by ripping a double into the right-center field gap, plating both runners for a 2-0 lead.
In the third, Grauer extended the Flames' advantage to 4-0. After Wimmer drew a two-out walk, the designated hitter lined an offering into the left field bullpen to widen Liberty's lead.
Old Dominion cut into the Flames' edge with single runs in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, the Monarchs scored a RBI single by center fielder Connor Myers. In the sixth, designated hitter Shawn Sizemore doubled with two outs. Catcher Michael Perez followed with a single to plate pinch runner Dylan Hill, slice Liberty lead in half at 4-2.
Cordell added insurance in the eighth. After Grauer reached on a throwing error by Old Dominion third baseman Jordan Negrini, Cordell blasted a 0-2 pitch down the left field line and over the wall, for what proved to be the final score of 6-2.
Liberty left-hander Jared Lyons moves to 1-0 on the season. Making his first start of 2013, Lyons allowed two runs on six hits during six innings of work. He struck out two batters and walked one.
Josh Richardson pitched two scoreless innings of relief, while Ashton Perritt pitched a scoreless ninth frame for the Flames.
Old Dominion starter Jake Joseph falls to 3-4 on the year. He gave up four runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings. The first of three pitchers in the contest for the Monarchs, he struck out one and walked one batter.
Liberty collected 10 hits in the contest. Second baseman Bryan Aanderud and first baseman Alex Close joined Cordell and Grauer with two hits apiece for the Flames.
Old Dominion recorded 11 hits in the game. Left fielder Josh Eldridge had three hits for the Monarchs.
Liberty steps back into Big South Conference play next with a three-game series with Winthrop at Liberty Baseball Stadium, this weekend. The series gets underway on Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.