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Lambert's Gem Propels Liberty Past Winthrop, 3-1

April 21, 2013
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Pitcher Trey Lambert pitched his third complete game of the year, Sunday.

Right-hander Trey Lambert handcuffed the visiting Eagles over the full nine innings, pushing the Liberty Flames past Winthrop, 3-1, in a Big South contest at Liberty Baseball Stadium, Sunday.

After allowing a first-inning run, Lambert took control, throwing eight scoreless innings for a complete game to move his record to 6-3 on the year. It was the second-straight complete game for Lambert and his third of the season. The right-hander did not allow a runner past second base over the final eight frames.

Lambert allowed one run on six hits over the full nine innings.  He struck out nine batters and walked one.  The nine strikeouts tie a career-high for the right-hander.  He also struck out nine batters over eight innings in an 8-1 win over Longwood in the second game of a doubleheader on March 30, 2013.

Liberty moves to 8-7 in Big South action and 22-19 overall.  Winthrop falls to 3-12 in conference play and 15-27 overall.

Both teams plated runs in the game's opening inning.  With two outs, left fielder Cody Dolan doubled and scored on a single by right fielder Matt Lobacz for the Eagles' lone run of the contest in the top of the first.

In the bottom of the frame, Liberty evened the score at 1-1.  Right fielder Ashton Perritt singled and stole second to start the home half of the first. After moving to third on a grounder to the left side of the infield by left fielder Nick Lacik, Perritt tied the game by tallying a run on a ground out by second baseman Bryan Aanderud.

Liberty plated a run in the fourth.  Center fielder Ryan Cordell singled with one out and advanced to third base on a single by designated hitter Danny Grauer. First baseman Alex Close then lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center fielder to score Cordell and give the Flames a 2-1 edge.

In its next at bat, Liberty extended its advantage with a run.  With one out in the fifth, Perritt beat out an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Lacik. Aanderud followed with an infield single to shortstop, moving Perritt to third.  After an Eagle pitching change, a wild pitch by Winthrop reliever Joey Strain allowed Perritt to plate a run for a 3-1 lead.

It was all that Lambert needed, as the Flames went on to the 3-1 win.

Winthrop starter Sam Kmiec falls to 2-6 on the season. The left-hander gave up three runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings.  He struck out three batters.

Liberty collected eight hits in the contest.  Perritt had two hits, scored two runs and stole a base in the contest for the Flames.  Winthrop had six hits.  Dolan and Lobacz each recorded two hits for the Eagles.

Liberty begins a five-game road swing, Tuesday.  The Flames step out of conference play and visit College Park, Md., for a contest with the Maryland Terrapins. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.