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Umberger Shuts Down Great Danes in 5-1 Game One Victory
Liberty improves to 5-3 on the season. Albany falls to 0-4 in the early going.
Umberger (So., Hummelstown, Pa.) scattered five hits in seven innings of work to run his mark to 2-1 on the season. The right-handed struck out four and walked one in his second solid outing of the year. Last Saturday, Umberger picked up his first win in a two-hit, seven inning effort over The Citadel at the Crab House Shootout in Charleston, S.C.
After a scoreless first two innings, Liberty struck for the only runs they needed in the first game of the doubleheader in the third. With one out, Errol Hollinger (So., C, Upland, Calif.) walked and later scored the Flames first run on a double down the left field line by Kenneth Negron (So., Kingwood, Tex.). The left fielder then swiped third base and was promptly singled home by Phil John (Sr., RF, Linwood, N.J.) to give Liberty a 2-0 advantage.
The Flames added to their lead in the next inning by plating three more runs in the third with two outs. Shawn Teufel (So.,1B, Tequesta, Fla.) and Aaron Phillips (Jr., 2B, Claremore, Okla.) both singled. Hollinger then singled sharply to score Tuefel. Phillips also came home on the play as the Albany left fielder over ran the ball, allowing the second baseman to tally another Liberty run. Negron followed with a RBI single for a 5-0 lead.
Albany avoided the shutout with a run in the eighth. The first two Great Dane batters of the inning walked. After a strike out, catcher Tom Hill singled to center to score a run. Later in the frame with runners at the corners and two outs, Ryan Page (Jr., Cranberry Twp., Pa.) was summoned from the bullpen and quelled the rally by getting the next hitter to ground out.
In the ninth, Page set down Albany in order to earn his second save in as many attempts.
Negron was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in the contest. John and Phillips each had two hits for the Flames. Center fielder Dave West had two of the Great Danes' six hits in game one.