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Flames Score Six Runs in Seventh for 8-6 Win Over Marshall
With the non-conference win, Liberty improves to 19-14 overall. Marshall drops to 14-14 on the season.
Held to two runs through six innings by Herd starter Jeremy Slone, the Flames used timely hitting and took advantage of four walks and an error against three Marshall relievers to take the lead. Pinch hitter Tommy Bussey (So., INF, Boynton Beach, Fla.) walked to open the frame and two batters later, Kenneth Negron (Jr., 2B, Kingswood, Texas) also received a free pass. After the next batter popped out for the inning's second out, Garrett Young (Jr., CF, Fountain Valley, Calif.) singled to score Bussey with the comeback's first run. The base runners, Negron and Young, moved to second and third base on a double steal and Negron cut the Herd advantage to 6-4 on a wild pitch. Tim Nanry (Sr., DH, Rochester, N.Y.) followed with a RBI single plating Young.
After a pitching change, the next two Liberty batters walked to load the bases. Patrick Gaillard (Sr., SS, Taylors, S.C.), facing the third pitcher of the inning for Marshall, then hit a liner into the right field corner, which the right fielder dropped, allowing all three runners to score for an 8-6 Liberty lead.
In the top of the ninth, the Herd rallied, filling the bases with two outs, but Liberty reliever Tim John (Sr., RHP, Linwood, N.J.) struck out the next batter to close out the win for the Flames.
The six-run uprising by Liberty made a winner of reliever Andrew Wilson (So., RHP, Cary, N.C.), who allowed one run on three hits in 3 1/3 innings to improve his record to 2-1 on the year. John picked up his fourth save of the season in the ninth. Liberty starter Michael Solbach (R-Jr., RHP, Woodbridge, Va.) gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings. Andrew Hancock, the third pitcher of the day for Marshall, took the loss to fall to 1-1.
Marshall jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with single runs in the first and second innings. A Brandon Casamassima single in the first scored leadoff hitter Mason Chapman, who had walked, to open the game. In the second, Thad Ledford was hit by a pitch to open the frame and came around to score on a Chapman single.
The Thundering Herd extended its advantage to 6-0 in the top of the sixth inning. After Marshall loaded the bases to open the inning, Chapman, who had three RBI in the game, looped a single into right to plate two runs for a 4-0 edge. Britt Vincent followed with another single to right for another Herd run. Chapman then made it, 6-0, as he scored on a throwing error by catcher on a pickoff attempt of Vincent at first base.
Liberty would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the frame. Negron led off the Flames' half of the sixth with a single. The Liberty second baseman advanced to third on a throwing error, which also allowed Young to reach base. Nanry then singled home Negron to plate the first Liberty run of the game. Both runners then moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, and Young scored on a RBI ground out to second by Hollinger to make it, 6-2, and set the stage for the Flames' rally.
Nanry had two hits and two RBI for Liberty. Jeff Rowley went 3-for-4 to pace Marshall. The Herd left 12 runners on base in the game to Liberty's six.
Marshall and Liberty will meet again tomorrow afternoon in a doubleheader at Worthington Stadium. The start time has been moved back an hour from its original start time. Game one is now scheduled to begin at Noon.