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Liberty Uses Five-Run Second for Game Two Win and Series Sweep of Albany, 7-5

February 24, 2007
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Ryan Page picked up saves in both ends of doubleheader against Albany

Ryan Page picked up saves in both ends of doubleheader against Albany

The Liberty Flames plated five runs in the second inning and never looked back in downing the Albany Great Danes, 7-5, in game two to sweep a doubleheader Saturday at Worthington Stadium.

With the victory, the Flames improve to 6-3 and sweep the three-game series with Albany. Liberty has now won five straight contests, while the Great Danes fall to 0-5.

Albany took a 1-0 lead in its half of the second inning. Catcher Tom Hill beat out an infield single to third and advanced to second base as designated hitter Chris Wood was hit by a pitch. The two runners then executed a double steal to put runners on second and third with one out. A RBI ground out by Tom Zink plated the game's first run.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Flames sent nine men and took advantage of two Albany miscues to the plate to jumping to a 5-1 advantage. Liberty loaded the bases to open the frame. Cody Brown (R-So, 1B, Boca Raton, Fla..) singled, Aaron Grijalva (R-Jr., DH, Redlands, Calif.) walked, and P.K. Keller (Jr., RF, Clearwater, Fla.) singled to fill the sacks with Flames. On a wild pitch, Brown raced home with the Flames first run. Grijalva then scored as a grounder by Tommy Bussey (So., 2B, Boynton Beach, Fla.) which was mishandled by the third baseman.

Later in the frame, Keller came home on an error by the shortstop on a fielder's choice grounder by Patrick Gaillard (Sr., SS, Taylors, S.C.) for a 3-0 lead. David Giammaresi (R-Jr., 3B, Coral Springs, Fla.) followed by slamming a double into the right-center field gap to chase home two more runs and put the Flames up, 5-1.

The Great Danes cut the Liberty lead to 5-3 in the fourth. Hill doubled to right-center field with one out and advanced to third on a fly out. The catcher then scored on a wild pitch. The next batter, Wood then hit a solo home run down the left field line.

The teams exchanged runs in the fifth inning. Phil Marchese plated the Albany run by leading off the top of the frame with a single and then came all the away around on an error by the right fielder on next hitter Al Barbato's single. Liberty score when Negron was hit by a pitch and worked his way around the bases to tally a run on a double play.

Trailing 6-4 in the seventh, a home run by Albany first baseman Scott Sayre made it, 6-5 Flames. However, Liberty extended it advantage back to 7-5 in the eighth as Phil John came home on a passed ball.

In the ninth, the Great Danes rallied to load the bases with two outs, but reliever Ryan Page (Jr., LHP, Cranberry Twp. Pa.) got the next batter to ground into a fielder's choice for his second save of the afternoon and third on the season.

Giammaresi had two doubles as the only Liberty player with two hits in the contest. Hill and Sayre had two hits a piece for Albany.

Flames' starter David Stokes (Jr., Locust Grove, Okla.) moved his record to 2-1 on the year. The right-hander allowed four runs on six hits and struck out four in five innings of work. Tim John worked 3 2/3 innings of relief, yielding one run on four hits and striking out three batters. Page faced two batters in picking up the save. Albany starter Cory Warrings took the loss to drop to 0-1 on the season.

Liberty travels across the Commonwealth of Virginia to Richmond, Va., on Tuesday to play its first midweek contest of the year against VCU . Game time is set for 4 p.m.