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Close Collects Five RBIs in 11-2 Win over Rider, Sunday

March 2, 2014
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Alex Close had three hits and five RBIs in win over Rider, Sunday.
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First baseman Alex Close drove in five runs and right fielder Andrew Yacyk had four hits, as the Liberty Flames defeated the Rider Broncs, 11-2, in the sixth and final game of the Liberty Invitational Sunday at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

Close collected three hits and a season-high five RBIs for Liberty, which banged out 15 hits in the contest.

Yacyk, who had three hits last Tuesday in a victory over Missouri, had four hits and two doubles. It is the freshman outfielder's first four-hit game of his collegiate career. He drove in two runs and scored three runs in the Liberty victory.

In addition, second baseman Ryan Seiz went 3-for-3 with his third home run of the season in the contest.

Liberty moves to 7-6 on the season. The Flames have won four of their last five contests.  Rider falls to 2-5 on the year.

Liberty jumped out to 5-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning. With one out and right fielder Will Shepherd aboard after a single, Seiz blasted the first pitch he saw over the center field wall for a 2-0 host lead. After catcher Becker Sankey was hit by a pitch and Yacyk doubled, Close singled back through the middle of the infield to plate both runners for a 4-0 advantage. Two batters later, shortstop Clay Keranen's run-scoring single gave Liberty a five-run lead.

The Flames added three more runs in the second inning. With one out Shepherd singled and Seiz walked. Two batters later, Yacyk bounced a ground rule double over the wall in right-center field to score Shepherd with the first run of the frame. Close followed with a two-run single for an 8-0 advantage.

In the sixth, Liberty stretched its lead with three more runs with two outs. An infield single by Yacyk, a RBI single by Close and RBI single by third baseman Dalton Britt gave the Flames a 11-0 lead.

Rider broke through with two runs in the ninth. The Broncs scored on a triple and a single with two outs for the final score of 11-2.

Liberty right-hander Carson Herndon evens this record at 1-1. Herndon pitched six scoreless innings, striking out three batters.

Rider starting pitcher David Hafer falls to 1-1. He was roughed up for eight runs on eight hits during 1 2/3 innings of work.

Liberty's four pitchers in the game combined to hold the Broncs to four hits.

Liberty will next host the Duke Blue Devils, Tuesday at the Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.