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Flames' Cordell Has Four-Hit Day, as Liberty Falls to No. 30 Campbell
Despite four hits by center fielder Ryan Cordell, the No. 30 Campbell Fighting Camels defeated the Liberty Flames, 8-6, in a Big South Conference game, Sunday afternoon at Jim Perry Stadium.
The tightly-contested game saw three lead changes and a combined 28 hits.
Liberty's Cordell posted his first four-hit game of the year. The center fielder went 4-for-4 with a RBI, two runs scored and a sacrifice.
The Flames fall to 11-10 in Big South action and 27-24 overall. Campbell moves to 19-5 in conference and 43-9 overall.
Liberty jumped on the scoreboard with two runs in the contest's opening inning. Left fielder Ashton Perritt and Cordell led off the game with back-to-back singles. With runners on the corners and designated hitter Danny Grauer at the plate, Cordell was able to draw a pickoff throw from Campbell starter Hector Cedeno, allowing Perritt to steal home for a 1-0 edge. Cordell then stole second and moved to third when Camels' catcher Michael Delucia's throw sailed into the outfield. Grauer followed by dropping a run-scoring single into right field for a 2-0 advantage.
Campbell countered in the bottom of the first with three runs to take the lead. With one out, right fielder Will Albertson singled to right field and second baseman Michael Felton reached on an infield single. Two batters later, third baseman Elijah Trail lined a two-out double down the left field line, scoring both runners to tie the game at 2-2. Delucia followed with a RBI single to give the hosts a 3-2 edge.
The Camels extended their advantage in the fourth. Designated hitter Blake Boyce connected for his second home run of the season, upping the Campbell lead to 4-2.
Liberty tied the contest in the top of the fifth, striking for two runs with two outs. Cordell kept the inning alive with a single and scored on a double down the right field line by catcher Trey Wimmer. Second baseman Bryan Aanderud followed with a single to plate Wimmer, knotting the game at 4-4.
In the bottom of the inning, the Camels answered with a run to go back in front. With two outs and a runner aboard, first baseman David Olson doubled for a 5-4 edge.
Liberty went in front in the top of the sixth. Sizemore led off the inning with a single. Pinch runner Nick Paxton then moved all the way to third on an errant throw on a pick-off attempt by Campbell reliever Matt Marksberry. Two batters later, third baseman Jake Kimble was hit by a pitch and stole second to put two Flames in scoring position with one out.
Paxton then scored, when Delucia was forced to throw out Perritt on a dropped a third strike to tie the game at 5-5. Cordell followed with his fourth hit of the day, a run-producing single, for a 6-5 edge.
Just as in the fifth inning, Campbell responded with two runs to take back the advantage. With one out, Boyce tripled to the bottom of the right-center field wall and scored on a double by left fielder Nick Paxton, knotting the score for the fourth time on the day, this time at 6-6. After Perritt threw out a Camels runner at home plate on a single to left field for the second out of the frame, center fielder Ben McQuown tripled to produce a run for a 7-6 edge.
In the top of the eighth, Liberty moved runners into scoring position at second and third, but Campbell reliever Ryan Thompson was able to work out of the threat without giving up the Camels' advantage. With one out, Perritt reached on an infield hit and moved all the way to third base, when Campbell's Olson dropped the throw to first on a sacrifice bunt by Cordell. Two batters later, Grauer walked to load the bases with two out. However, Thompson was able to get the next batter to fly out to keep the Camels in front.
In the bottom of the inning, Campbell added an insurance run. A two-out single by Olson gave Campbell what proved to be the final score of 8-6.
Liberty reliever Robert Gray drops to 0-2 on the year. The second of four Flames' pitchers in the contest, Gray gave up one run on two hits over 2/3 innings.
Campbell reliever Coley Thompkins moves to 1-0 on the season. He pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning. The third of five pitchers for the Camels on the day, Thompkins struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Liberty collected 14 hits in the contest. Perritt had three hits and Sizemore added two for the Flames. Campbell recorded 15 hits. Six Camels had two hits each.
Liberty will travel to Harrisonburg, Va., for a contest with the James Madison Dukes, Tuesday. First pitch at Veterans Memorial Park is at 6:30 p.m.