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Tribe Downs Flames, 11-1
With the defeat, the Flames drop to 21-14, while William & Mary moves to 21-16. The non-conference setback snaps a three-game win streak for Liberty.
The Flames jumped out to a 1-0 lead to open the game. Phil John (Sr., RF, Linwood, N.J.) led off the contest with a double down the left field line and P.K. Keller (Jr., LF, Clearwater, Fla.) followed by dropping a single in front of the right fielder to put the first two Liberty hitters at the corners. However, Tribe starter Cody Winslow was able to get the next two batters to fly out to right field without a runner scoring. Errol Hollinger (So., C, Upland, Calif.) then delivered the first run of the contest by lining a single over the shortstop's head to score John.
William & Mary came back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the first inning. Leadoff hitter Brent McWhorter doubled into the left field corner to open the frame. Tim Park singled and Mike Sheridan walked, loading the bases with no one out. Greg Sexton gave the Tribe their first run of the game, following with a single. The hit made the William & Mary first baseman the all-time hit leader in program history. The Tribe took a 2-1 lead when the next batter Greg Maliniak bounced into a fielder's choice.
In the home half of the second inning, William & Mary added to its advantage. Shortstop Lanny Stansfield walked and McWhorter followed with a double for the second straight inning to open the frame. Park then doubled to the left field wall, clearing the bases and extending the Tribe edge to 4-1. After moving to third on a wild pitch, Park scored on a RBI ground out by Sheridan.
The Flames would get leadoff runners on in the third and fourth innings, only to have both threats halted by double plays.
With his Tribe up by a 5-1 count, Stanfield doubled to begin the William & Mary fourth and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by McWhorter. The Tribe shortstop came home on a ground out by Park for a 6-1 advantage.
William & Mary added three more runs, all with two outs, in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Park and Sheridan each singled home runs, while the Tribe plated their third run on a wild pitch in the sixth. In the seventh, a two-run double by McWhorter made the final tally of 11-1.
Liberty starter Andrew Wilson (So., RHP, Cary, N.C.) took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits in three innings. He falls to 2-2. Winslow picked up his first win of the season to move to 1-0. The right-hander gave up one run on six hits in five innings.
Keller went 3-for-3 for the Flames, while John had two hits in the game. Park, Sexton and McWhorter had three hits each for William and Mary. Park also added four RBI.
The Flames return home to open an eight-game home stand this weekend. Liberty will host Charleston Southern in a Big South Conference three-game series, Friday-Sunday. First pitch on Friday at Worthington Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.