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Home Runs by Young and John Power Liberty Past Marshall, 10-4, For Doubleheader Sweep
Liberty ups its record to 21-13 on the season, while Marshall falls to 14-16. With the doubleheader sweep, the Flames also swept the three-game non-conference series from the visiting Thundering Herd.
Young (Jr., CF, Fountain Valley, Calif.) staked Liberty to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. After John (Sr., RF, Linwood, N.J.) drew a one-out walk, Young connected for his sixth home run of the season, a blast over the left field fence.
Marshall sliced the Flame advantage to 2-1 in the third. Brit Vincent reached on an error on a fielding error by the Liberty shortstop and moved to second base on a walk to Brendan Murphy. After advancing to third on a fielder's choice, Murphy scored on a ground out to second by Jeff Rowley.
In the bottom of the inning, Liberty took advantage of a fielding error to extend its lead. With two outs, Tim Nanry (Sr., DH, Rochester, N.Y.) reached on a throwing error by the Thundering Herd third baseman to keep the frame alive for the Flames. P.K. Keller (Jr., LF, Clearwater, Fla.) made Marshall pay for the miscue by lining a double into the right-center field gap, bring Nanry all the way around from first to make it, 3-1, Liberty. After a wild pitch allowed Keller to move to third, Cody Brown (R-So., 1B, Boca Raton, Fla.) lined a single back through the middle, plating Keller for a 4-1 Flames lead.
Liberty added two more in the fourth to go up, 6-1. Nate Thompson (R-Fr., C, Stonehill, N.C.) singled with one out and scored ahead of John's first round tripper of the year. The right fielder ripped the two-run blast over the right field wall.
The Flames put the game away in the sixth inning with three more runs. David Giammaresi doubled with one out and scored on a single by Thompson. Two batters later, John plated Kenneth Negron (So., 2B, Kingwood, Texas), who had reached on a fielder's choice and promptly stole second, with single. John then scored the frame's third run on a single by Nanry.
Marshall made it, 9-4, with three runs in the seventh. The Herd plated two runs with sacrifice flies and took advantage of a runner reaching on a wild pitch after striking out. The runner scored on a double to center field, which was misplayed for an error, allowing Marshall's third run of the frame to score.
Liberty made it 10-4 in the eighth as John, who had reached on a fielder's choice, scored on a single by Keller.
Flames' starter Tyler Light (So., RHP, San Bernardino, Calif.) upped his record to 4-1 on the season. The right-hander allowed one run on five over six innings. Marshall starter Adam Dobies takes the loss. He falls to 2-4 by giving up nine runs on 11 hits in six innings.
Five Flames had two hits apiece in the game as all nine Liberty starters had hits in the game. Mason Chapman and Murphy had two hits each for Marshall.
Liberty goes on the road for its next contest on Tuesday, as the Flames will play their first night contest of the season at William & Mary. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.