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Perritt Helps Key Liberty's Game Two Win over Winthrop, 4-1
Designated hitter Ashton Perritt drove in two runs with three hits and then pitched two scoreless innings, helping the Liberty Flames defeat the Winthrop Eagles, 4-1, in the second game of a Big South doubleheader at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Starting the contest as Liberty's designated hitter, Perritt went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base. In the eighth, he took over for Flames starting pitcher Brooks Roy and pitched two scoreless innings to seal the Liberty victory, earning his fourth save of the year.
Center fielder Ryan Cordell also added two hits and scored twice for the Flames.
Liberty moves to 7-7 in Big South play and 21-19 overall. Winthrop falls to 3-11 in conference play and 15-26 overall. The two teams split Saturday's doubleheader, as the Eagles took the first game, 3-2.
Winthrop scored its lone run in the game's opening inning. Second baseman Leighton Daniels doubled into the right-center field gap to lead off the contest and moved third on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Jace Whitley. Daniels later scored on a balk by Roy for a 1-0 Eagle advantage.
The Flames pushed across a single run in three straight innings, starting with the second. With one out, Cordell singled and moved to second on a ground out by third baseman Sammy Taormina. Perritt followed with a two-out single to tie the contest at 1-1.
The Flames went in front for good during the third. Left fielder Nick Lacik singled with one out and stole second. After moving to third on a ground out by right fielder Nick Paxton, Lacik scored on a single by second baseman Bryan Aanderud for a 2-1 lead.
In the fourth, Cordell opened the frame by beating out a high chopper to shortstop for an infield single. Two batters later, Perritt dropped a single into center field to plate Cordell and extended Liberty's advantage to 3-1.
The Flames tacked on an additional run in the sixth for a three-run cushion. With two outs, Perritt singled. With designated hitter Danny Grauer at the plate, Perritt then stole second and moved to third, when Winthrop catcher Austen Barber's throw to second was high and sailed into center field. Grauer followed with a run-scoring single for a 4-1 edge.
Roy pitched a scoreless seventh and Perritt closed out the contest, allowing only a hit in the eighth inning.
Roy moves to 5-4 on the year. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked two batters.
Winthrop starter Tyler Klitsch dropped to 1-8 on the season. The right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He stuck out two batters and walked one.
Liberty collected nine hits during the contest. Winthrop managed four.
The Eagles and Flames will meet tomorrow in the final game of their three-game series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.