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Britt Drives in Four, Seiz Has Three Hits, in 13-0 Win
Liberty third baseman Dalton Britt drove in four runs and designated hitter Ryan Seiz had three hits, as the Flames defeated the Ball State Cardinals, 13-0, in the second game of the Liberty Invitational, Saturday afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Britt had two hits, one a double, and posted a career-high four RBIs for the Flames in the contest. With two hits, the Liberty third baseman records his team-leading fifth multiple-hit game of the year.
Seiz collected his second three-hit game of the season. Two of the designated hitter's trio of hits went for extra bases, as the designated hitter doubled and tripled in the game.
Liberty starter Trey Lambert moves to 2-1. The right-hander pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits. He struck out three batters and walked one.
Lambert and three other Liberty pitchers combined to hold the Cardinals without a hit from the fourth inning until the ninth.
Liberty evens its record at 5-5 on the year. Ball State drops to 7-3.
The Flames opened the contest with a run in the first. Center fielder Ashton Perritt walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third base on a hit-and-run single by left fielder Nick Lacik. Seiz followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Perritt for a 1-0 advantage.
The Flames extended their lead with four runs in their next at bat. With one out in the second inning, right fielder Andrew Yacyk dropped a single into center field and second baseman Jake Kimble walked. After both runners moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Clay Keranen, Perritt lined a two-out double past the bag at third base, driving in both runners for a 3-0 advantage.
Lacik then walked and Seiz singled to load the bases. Britt followed with a single to center field, scoring two more runs for a 5-0 lead.
Liberty stretched its advantage in the fourth inning. Lacik led off the frame with an infield single and scored ahead of a triple to the right-center field gap by Seiz. After both Britt and catcher Danny Grauer were hit by a pitch to load the bases, Yacyk followed with a two-run single. A RBI sacrifice fly by Keranen capped the inning, as the Flames took a 9-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Britt doubled with two out, adding to the Liberty advantage. Lacik walked and Seiz lined a double down the left field line to open the inning. Britt followed by ripping a double into the left-center field gap to make it, 11-0, Flames.
Liberty plated a run in the sixth and in the eighth. In the sixth, a grounder by outfielder Tray Roberts scored Keranen, who tripled to open the inning. A base-loaded walk to infielder Dylan Allen in the eighth pushed the score to the final of 13-0.
Ball State right-hander Scott Baker drops to 1-1. He was roughed up for five runs on five hits over two innings. He struck out one and walked three batters.
Liberty collected 15 hits. Ball State managed four. Lacik scored three times for the Flames.