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Tribe Uses 16-Hit Attack to Down Flames, 8-3
Liberty falls to 18-13 on the year, while William & Mary moves to 20-13. The Tribe has won 12 of its last 14 games.
William & Mary jumped out to the lead in its first at bat of the day. Park, the second batter of the games, hit his first round tripper of the afternoon with no one on and one out to give the Tribe a 1-0 lead, one which they would hold through out the contest.
In the second frame, William & Mary upped its advantage to 2-0. With two outs, Jeff Wera beat out a high chopper behind the pitcher's mound for an infield hit. The Tribe second baseman then scored on a fly ball to the left-center field gap which went off the left fielder's glove.
Liberty got on the scoreboard in the third inning. Aaron Phillips (Jr., SS, Claremore, Okla.) singled to open the frame and advanced to second on a one-out walk to Garrett Young (Jr., CF, Fountain Valley, Calif.). Derek Bennion (Sr., LF, Snohomish, Wash.) followed with a double into the left field corner to plate Phillips and slice the Tribe lead to 2-1.
William & Mary stretched its advantage to 3-1 in the fifth. After reaching on a bunt single earlier in the inning, Park scored on a two-out base hit.
Over the next three innings, the Tribe extended its lead with a single run in the seventh on Park's second solo home run of the afternoon, sandwiched between two-run sixth and eighth frames, for an 8-1 advantage. Park's pair of home runs on the afternoon were his seventh and eighth on the season.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Flames' Tommy Bussey (So., 2B, Boynton Beach, Fla.), who had entered the game in the top of the inning, belted a two-run home run over the left field fence for the final tally of 8-3. It was the Liberty second baseman's second of the year.
Liberty starter David Stokes (Jr., RHP, Locust Grove, Okla.) drops to 5-4 on the season. The right-hander gave up five runs on 11 hits and struck out one. Ryan Page (Jr., LHP, Cranberry Twp., Pa.) followed and allowed three runs on four hits. Chase Vaden (Fr., LHP, Lynch Station, Va.) pitched a scoreless ninth. William & Mary starter Tyler Truxell had a strong outing in improving his mark to 4-3. The left-hander scattered eight hits and allowed three runs over eight innings of work.
No Flames hitter had more than one hit in the game. Parks, who was 3-for-5 with the two home runs, led the Tribe, who had five other hitters with two hits each.
Liberty concludes its seven-game homestand this weekend by hosting the Thundering Herd of Marshall at Worthington Stadium. The two squads will play a single game on Friday at 3 p.m. On Saturday, Marshall and Liberty will meet in a doubleheader with the first game slated to begin at 11 a.m.