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Grauer, Bean Help Power Liberty Past PC, 8-0
Catcher Danny Grauer had three hits, including a home run, and right-hander Parker Bean pitched six scoreless innings, as the Liberty Flames shut out the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 8-0, Sunday afternoon at PC Baseball Complex.
Grauer had three hits and scored two runs for the Flames. In the sixth inning, he hit his third home run of the year. The round tipper was the second of back-to-back home runs with first baseman Alex Close.
Bean ran his record to 4-1 on the year. The freshman scattered three hits over six scoreless innings and combined with three other pitchers for the shutout. The right-hander struck out a career-high seven and did not walk a batter.
Liberty moves to 8-1 in Big South Conference play and to 21-7 overall. The Flames have won seven straight games and 15 out of their 16 contests. In addition, Liberty pitching did not allow a run during its three-game series with PC. The Blue Hose fall to 3-6 in conference action and 10-18-1 overall.
Liberty jumped on the scoreboard in the top of the second. Designated hitter Becker Sankey singled and shortstop Dalton Britt walked to lead off the inning. After the next two Flames were retired, left fielder Andrew Yacyk singled sharply to left to score the first run of the contest. Center fielder Ashton Perritt followed by lining a two-run triple to the bottom of the wall in right-center field, giving the Flames a 3-0 edge.
Liberty added a run in the third inning. With one out, second baseman Ryan Seiz singled and moved to third on a single by Sankey. Britt followed with a sacrifice fly, plating Seiz for a 4-0 advantage.
In the sixth, the Flames scored two more runs on the back-to-back home runs by Close and Grauer. With one out, Close yanked the first pitch he saw of his at bat over the left-center field wall for his fourth home run of the year. Grauer followed by ripping a 1-1 offering over the left-center field fence for a 6-0 lead.
Liberty tacked on single runs in the eighth and the ninth. An infield single by right fielder Will Shepherd plated Grauer, who had singled, in the eighth, while a RBI single by Britt in the ninth plated the final run of the game.
PC starter Brian Kehner drops to 0-5 on the season. The left-hander gave up six runs on 10 hits. The first of three Blue Hose pitchers, he struck out two batters and walked one.
Liberty collected 15 hits in the game. Besides Grauer, Seiz had three hits for the Flames. PC had three hits.
Liberty will next host the Duke Blue Devils, Tuesday evening at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.