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Liberty Rallies, but Edged in Marathon by Campbell
Despite rallying from a 5-0 deficit to force extra innings, the Liberty Flames fell in 6-5 to the Campbell Camels in 13 innings in game two of a Big South doubleheader, Saturday evening at Liberty Baseball Stadium. With the setback, Liberty sees its winning streak halted at eight games.
Liberty second baseman Ryan Seiz had five hits, including his fifth home run of the year to tie the game in the seventh inning. It was the first five-hit game for the second baseman in a Liberty uniform and his team-leading 10th multi-hit game of the year.
Catcher Becker Sankey also had three hits in the contest and went 5-for-9 during the two games in Saturday's doubleheader.
Liberty, who captured the three-game series with wins in the first two contests, moves to 2-1 in Big South play and 14-7 overall. Campbell improves to 1-2 in conference play and 14-7 overall. Despite the setback, Liberty has won 11 out of its last 13 games.
Just like in game one, Campbell struck for a run to open the game. Left fielder Danny Pardo walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Steven Leonard. First baseman Kyle Leady then plated Pardo with ground out for a 1-0 edge.
The Camels stretched their lead to 5-0 in the second. Right fielder Clayton Brown singled and advance to third base on a base hit by second baseman Sam Rector to lead off the inning. Third baseman Elijah Trail followed with a RBI single to make it, 2-0. Two batters later, Pardo singled through the right side of the infield for the second run of the inning. After a Liberty pitching change, Leonard lined a two-run single off the mound for a 5-0 advantage.
Liberty reliever Matt Marsh then took control retiring 15 batters in a row, allowing the Flames to climb back into the contest.
In the fourth inning, Seiz and Sankey opened the inning with back-to-back singles. Shortstop Dalton Britt then walked to load the bases. Three batters later, third baseman Dylan Allen tripled to clear the bases and cut the Camels' lead to 5-3.
Liberty closed to within one run in its next at bat. Left fielder Nick Lacik singled and two batters later, scored on a double by Seiz.
In the seventh, Seiz tied the game with one swing of the bat. The Liberty second baseman lined a 2-0 into the right field bullpen, knotting the score at 5-5.
Reliever Ashton Perritt stranded the go-ahead run for the Camel at third in the top of the ninth, sending the game to extra innings.
Campbell relief pitcher Ryan Thompson was able to strand the winning run in scoring position in both the Liberty 10th, 11th and 12th innings.
The Camels broke through the go-ahead run in the top of the 13th. Leady led off the inning with a double and two batters later, advanced to third base on a single by catcher Will Albertson. Brown followed with a single to plate Leady for a 6-5 lead.
Thompson closed out the victory by retiring the Flames in order in the bottom of the inning.
Perritt, the fourth Liberty pitcher in the contest, drops to 0-1 on the year. He allowed one run on four hits over five innings of relief. He struck out six and walked one batter.
Thompson, the third Campbell pitcher to take the mound in the game, moves to 3-0. He pitched five scoreless innings, giving up three hits. He struck out three and walked two batters.
Liberty collected 13 hits in the contest, Campbell recorded 12 hits. Nadolski led the Camels with three hits.
Liberty next travels to Harrisonburg, Va., for a non-conference midweek contest against the James Madison Dukes, Tuesday. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.