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Yacyk and Seiz Help Power Liberty Past Ohio
First baseman Andrew Yacyk hit a home run and drove in three runs and designated hitter Ryan Seiz hit a three-run home run, propelling the Liberty Flames to an 8-5 victory over the Ohio Bobcats at Brooks Stadium in game one of the Battle at the Beach, Saturday.
Yacyk collected two hits, a double, a home run and three RBIs in his first collegiate start. Yacyk's home run came on the backend of back-to-back home runs with Seiz in the third inning. Siez hit his second home run of the season with two men aboard in the inning.
Liberty moves to 2-3 on the season. Ohio falls to 1-2. It was the first ever meeting between the two teams on the baseball diamond.
Liberty, the visitor on the scoreboard, jumped out to an early advantage in the opening inning. Center fielder Ashton Perritt walked to lead off the contest and stole second base. After the next two Flames were retired, Yacyk lined a two-out double into right field to score Perritt for a 1-0 edge.
Home runs by Seiz and Yacyk extended the Flames' advantage in the top of the third inning. Shortstop Clay Keranen reached on an error by Bobcat second baseman Connor Callery and two batters later, left fielder Nick Lacik reached on a throwing error by Ohio third baseman Tirey Burch to open the inning. Seiz followed by belting a home run over the right field wall to give Liberty a 4-0 lead. Yacyk then connected for the first home run of his collegiate career, ripping a 1-2 pitch over the center field wall for a 5-0 advantage.
Ohio answered with three runs in the bottom of the third. Callery walked and right fielder Scott White double to begin the frame. Callery then came home with the Bobcats first run on an error by Flames second baseman Jake Kimble on a grounder by designated hitter Chandler Geller. First baseman Jake Madsen followed with a RBI single to cut Liberty's lead to 5-2. Later in the inning, Geller scored on a ground out by center fielder Mitch Longo, trimming the Flames' advantage to 5-3.
Liberty added on to its lead with two runs in the fifth. Lacik singled and Seiz walked to lead off the inning. After a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position, Yacyk plated the first run of the frame with a grounder. Catcher Alex Close followed with a run-scoring sacrifice fly to push the Flames' advantage to 7-3.
Just like in the third, the Bobcats countered with runs in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Madsen walked and left fielder Tyler Wells reached on an infield single. Both runners then came around to plate runs on a fielding error by Liberty's Keranen, cutting the Flames advantage to two at 7-5.
Liberty added an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Lacik walked and Seiz singled, leading off the inning. Two batters later, Close dropped a RBI single into left field, stretching the Flames' advantage to what proved to be the final score of 8-5.
Liberty starter Parker Bean records his first collegiate win and evens his record at 1-1. The freshman right-hander allowed five runs, three earned, on six hits. He struck out five and walked one batter.
Jared Lyons, the third Flames reliever, took over with two on and one out in the sixth and proceeded to handcuff the Bobcats. The left-hander pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief. He struck out four batters and walked one.
Perritt retired the Bobcats in order in the ninth to pick-up his second save of the year.
Ohio starter Jake Roehn drops to 0-1 on the year. The freshman right-hander gave up seven runs, two earned, on five hits over 4 1/3 innings. The first of eight Bobcat pitchers in the contest, he struck out four and walked two batters.
Liberty collected nine hits in the contest. Yacyk, Seiz and Kimble had two hits apiece for the Flames. Ohio recorded seven hits in the game. Madsen and Callery each had two hits apiece for the Bobcats.
Liberty will play the host UNCW Seahawks later today at the Battle of the Beach at Brooks Stadium.