Nanry and Young Lead Flames Past Colonials, 9-3
Designated hitter Tim Nanry was 4-for-4 with two RBI in Liberty's win, Friday.
Liberty's Tim Nanry went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Garrett Young drove in three runs with a solo home run and two-run triple as the Flames defeated the George Washington Colonials, 9-3, Friday afternoon in the opening game of a three-game series between the two teams at Worthington Stadium.
The Flames also got another solid outing from starting pitcher Michael Solbach (R-Jr., RHP, Woodbridge, Va. ) as they moved to 11-4 on the season. Liberty has won 10 of its last 11 games. The Colonials fall to 1-10 on the year.
The host Flames led from start to finish as Young (Jr., Fountain Valley, Calif.) put Liberty on the score board in the bottom of the first inning. With two outs, the center fielder hammered a solo shot over the left field fence to give Liberty an early, 1-0, advantage.
The contest settled into a pitcher's duel until the sixth inning. Phil John (Sr., RF, Linwood, N.J. ) singled to right field to lead off the frame and advanced to second base via an error on a pick off attempt. A batter later, Nanry (Sr., DH, Rochester, N.Y. ) pulled a pitch down the left field line for a double to plate John and extend the Flames' lead to 2-0.
George Washington cut the Liberty edge to 2-1 in the top of the seventh. First baseman Pat Lehman reached on an infield single into the gap between the shortstop and the third baseman to open the inning. After advancing on a wild pitch and later a ground out, the runner scored the Colonials' first run of the game on a passed ball.
In the bottom of the seventh, Liberty came right back with three runs of its own to up its advantage to 5-1. With one out, Errol Hollinger (So., C, Upland, Calif. ) singled and advanced to second on a two-out single by John. After a balk put both runners into scoring position, Young ripped a bases-clearing triple into the right-center field to make it, 4-1. Nanry then brought home Young with a RBI single.
The Flames plated more four runs in the eighth. Patrick Gaillard (Sr., SS, Taylors, S.C.) singled and scored on a triple to the bottom of the center field wall by David Giammaresi (R-Jr., Coral Springs, Fla. ) to begin the inning. The Flames' third baseman then came home on a wild pitch. Later in the frame, Liberty added two more runs as Aaron Phillips (Jr., 2B, Claremore, Okla.) scored on a wild pitch and Kenneth Negron (So., LF, Kingwood, Texas) came home on a grounder to third by John.
George Washington scored two in the ninth to account for the final of 9-3, plating the runs on back-to-back RBI singles by pinch hitter Doug Eizen and third baseman Mickey Shupin.
Liberty 's Solbach gave up four hits and an unearned run in seven innings in winning his third-straight start to run his record to 3-1 on the year. The right-hander struck out five and walked one. Tim John (Sr., RHP, Linwood, N.J. ) came on in the eighth inning and retired all four hitters he faced, striking out three. Dane Beakler (So., RHP, York, Pa. ) allowed two runs on three hits in closing out the ninth. George Washington's Scott Swinson took the loss to fall to 1-2. He allowed five runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Besides Nanry and Young, Phil John and Gaillard also had multiple-hit games with two hits apiece for the Flames. Shupin had two hits for the Colonials.
George Washington and Liberty will meet again tomorrow in the middle game of the three-game weekend series at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.