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Six-Run Sixth Lifts Matadors Past Flames
With the setback in their final contest of the tournament, the Flames fall to 9-6 on the season, while the Matadors move to 9-6 on the year.
Liberty's Cody Brown (Jr., 3B, Boca Raton, Fla.) staked the Flames to a 1-0 advantage in the second inning. The third baseman ripped a drive over the right-center field wall for his first home run of the year to give Liberty an early advantage.
The Flames upped their lead with a solo run in the fourth inning. First baseman David Giammaresi (Sr., Coral Springs, Fla.) opened the frame by dropping a single in front of the center fielder. Two batters later, Matador second baseman T.S. Reed misplayed a grounder by Jeff Jefferson (Fr., RF, Danville, Va.), allowing Giammaresi to move to third base. A single by the next batter, Tommy Bussey (Jr., 2B, Boynton Beach, Fla.), then brought home the senior to make it 2-0.
Cal. State Northridge sliced the Flames' edge to 2-1 in the top of the fifth. With one out, third baseman Justin DeMarco reached on a bunt single and moved up to second on ground out. Dominic D'Anna then lined a singled off the first base bag to plate DeMarco with the Matadors' first run of the contest.
In the sixth inning, Cal. St. Northridge pushed across six runs to take the lead for good. A RBI single by Jason Dabbs plated the first Matador run of the frame, tying the game at 2-2. After loading the bases with two outs, Cal. St. Northridge went ahead, 3-2, on a wild pitch. The Matadors went on to score four more two-out runs during the inning on two-run singles by right fielder Matt Carvutto and T.S. Reed for a 7-2 advantage.
Cal. St. Northridge added two more runs in the eighth for the final score of 9-2.
Liberty's Dustin Umberger (Jr., RHP, Hummelstown, Pa.) takes the loss in his first start of the year, evening his mark at 2-2. The right-hander gave up five runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings of work, striking out eight and walking two. Cal. State Northridge starter Davin Tate moves to 2-0 on the season. He yielded two runs on seven hits and striking out five. Reliever Peter Mendez recorded a save with three innings of two-hit relief.
Brown and Bussey each had two hits apiece in the contest for the Flames. Reed had three hits for the Matadors along with teammate D'Anna.
Liberty returns home to host James Madison on Tuesday. Game time Tuesday at Worthington Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.