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Nanry Slams Three Home Runs in Record-Breaking 28-7 Victory Over Richmond at Crab House Shootout
With the win, Liberty evens its record at 3-3 as the Flames went 2-1 on the weekend at the Crab House Shootout Presented by Trademark Properties. Richmond falls to 0-3 on the year.
The Flames' 28 hits set a new standard for hits in a contest, breaking the old mark of 26, which the 2006 squad reached in a contest at UNC Asheville on May 13 of last season and on March 25, 1995, against UMBC. Liberty also tied the school record for runs scored as the Flames also plated 28 runs in 28-3 victory over Radford on March 19, 1985.
Richmond used back-to-back, two-out hits to take a 1-0 advantage to open the contest. First baseman Joe Mahoney singled to right and scored on a single to the left center field gap by third baseman Cameron Brown.
Liberty came back in the home half of the first inning with three runs to stake itself to a 3-1 advantage. Shortstop Patrick Gaillard (Sr., Taylors, S.C.) led off with a single to right and plated the Flames' first run of the game on a double to the gap in left field by Phil John (Sr., RF, Linwood, N.J.). Center fielder Garrett Young (Jr., CF, Fountain Valley, Calif.) walked. Nanry (Sr., LF, Rochester, N.Y.) then delivered John with the frame's second run on a sharply hit single to left. After both runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch, Young scored on a RBI ground ball to shortstop by designated hitter Aaron Grijalva (R-Jr., Redlands, Calif.).
In the second inning, the Flames extended their lead to 9-1, sending 11 men to the plate in the frame. Catcher Errol Holliger (So., Upland, Calif.) walked to open the inning and moved to second on catcher's inference to Gaillard. Both runners advanced into scoring position on a balk and Hollinger came on a sacrifice fly by John. The next batter, Young then hit a two-run blast over the left field wall to put Liberty up, 6-1. It was the center fielder's second of the season. Nanry followed with a solo shot down the left field line, his first of the year. The back-to-back homers were the first for the Flames since David Giammaresi (R-Jr., 3B, Coral Springs, Fla.) and Hollinger connected for back-to-back round trippers in the fourth inning of an 18-4 win at George Mason on April 26, 2006..
Liberty continued its outburst as Cody Brown (R-So., 1B, Boca Raton, Fla.) and Grijalva both singled and Giammaresi walked to load the bases. Second baseman Aaron Phillips (Jr., Claremore, Okla.) then stroked a single to left, plating the final two runs of the inning.
The Spiders cut their deficit to 9-5 in the third. Alex Worting singled up the middle to begin the uprising and advanced to third on a single by Austin Reilly. Andrew Justice brought home the first run of the inning with single. Mahoney followed with a two-run single and later scored on a single to left by Vince Riggi.
After holding the Flames off the scoreboard for the first time in the game in the bottom half of the third, Richmond added a single run in the top of the fourth. Wotring doubled with one out and reached third on a two-out error by the shortstop. Mahoney then singled sharply past the first baseman into right to bring home Wotring with an unearned run.
Liberty upped its lead to 15-6 in the home half of the fourth as the Flames batted around for the second time in the contest. The first four batters reached to open the inning. Giammaresi singled to left, Phillips was hit by a pitch and Hollinger singled to load the bases for Gaillard. The Flames' shortstop doubled home two runs to make it, 11-6.
Hollinger then plated the third run of the frame on a RBI grounder to first by John. The next batter, Young promptly lined a double to the bottom of the left field wall, chasing home Gaillard. After a Nanry single, both runners scored three batters later on a single to left by Giammaresi.
In the fifth inning, Nanry hit his second home run of the game and season, a three-run shot to left, to extend the Liberty lead to 18-6.
The score moved to 25-6 in the sixth frame as the Flames batted around for the third time in the contest. Liberty plated runs on a RBI single by pinch hitter Nate Thompson (R-Fr., C, Stoneville, N.C.), a single by Young and a three-run home run by Nanry, the left fielder's third in the game.
The Flames added three more in the seventh and Richmond plated an unearned run in the eighth to cap off the contest.
Liberty starter David Stokes (Jr. RHP, Locust Grove, Okla.), one of four Flame pitchers on the afternoon, tallied his first win in a Liberty uniform as he gave up six runs on nine hits, striking out seven and walking none in four innings of work. Richmond starter Ian Marshall took loss, allowing nine runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Nanry led the Liberty offensive outburst by going 5-for-5 with eight RBI, four runs scored and three round trippers. John also knocked in six runs with three hits and Young continued his strong start to the season with a 4-for-5 afternoon with four RBI and a home run. Gaillard tied a school mark by scoring five times in the contest. Mahoney had four of the Spiders seven hits in the game.
Liberty returns home next weekend to open their 2007 home schedule. The Flames host Albany in a three-game weekend series, Feb. 23-25. The opening game of the series is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday.