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William & Mary Defeats Liberty, 9-7
Liberty drops to 12-13 on the year. William & Mary improves to 19-10 on the season.
The squads exchanged two-run rallies in the contest's opening inning. William & Mary second baseman Ben Guez singled with two outs and scored on first baseman Mike Sheridan's eighth home run of the season. In the bottom of the frame, Kenneth Negron (Jr., 2B, Kingwood, Texas) opened the inning with a walk. Two batters later, P.K. Keller (Sr., RF, Clearwater, Fla.) singled up the middle to plate Negron. Right fielder Jeff Jefferson (Fr., Danville, Va.) then evened the score at 2-2 after one inning with a sacrifice fly.
The Tribe took a short-lived 4-2 advantage in the second inning. A two-run double by shortstop Lanny Stanfield gave William & Mary the brief edge.
Liberty countered in the home half of the frame with two home runs to take a 5-4 lead. Designated hitter Garrett Young (Sr., Fountain Valley, Calif.) led off the inning with a solo blast over the left field wall, his second of the year, to cut the Flames' deficit to 4-3. Later in the frame, shortstop Aaron Phillips (Sr., Claremore, Okla.) drew a walk and scored on a home run to left by Errol Hollinger (Jr., Upland, Calif.) . The round tripper was the catcher's third of the year, giving Liberty a one-run advantage.
After two scoreless innings, the Tribe plated two runs in the fifth inning, only to see the Flames push one across in the bottom of the stanza to knot the contest at 6-6. William & Mary scored its first run of the fifth on a wild pitch and later tallied the second run of the inning on a RBI single by pinch hitter Robbie Nickle. Liberty cashed in the equalizer in the bottom of the frame on a two-out, run-scoring single by Jefferson.
Sheridan broke the 6-6 tie in the top of the seventh inning. Guez opened the frame by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman David Giammaresi (Sr., Coral Springs, Fla.). Sheridan followed with his second two-run home run of the night to right, giving the Tribe an 8-6 advantage.
In the eighth, William & Mary gave itself a three-run cushion on a home run by James Williamson, who had taken over at shortstop for the Tribe in the bottom of the seventh. However, Liberty first baseman Cody Brown (Jr., Boca Raton, Fla.) trimmed the Flames' deficit back to two, 9-7, in the bottom half of the inning, with a blast over the left field light tower. The solo shot was the Liberty first baseman's third of the season, but proved to be the Flames' final run of the evening.
Dane Beakler (So., RHP, York, Pa.), the third of four Liberty hurlers in the contest, took the loss, leveling his record at 1-1 on the season. William & Mary left-hander Tyler Truxell picks up the win to move to 2-1 on the year. The sophomore, the second of four Tribe pitchers, worked 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the win. Pat Kantakevich recorded his fourth save of the year.
Jefferson and Young had two hits each for the Flames. Guez paced William & Mary with three hits.
Liberty hosts Norfolk State on Wednesday afternoon at Worthington Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.