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Thunder Showers Wash Out Longwood-Liberty
Liberty moves to 28-23-1 on the year, after its first tie contest since May 13, 2002. That day, the Flames tied No. 4 Wake Forest, 11-11 in seven innings. The Flames remain unbeaten in their last seven games. Longwood is now 22-25-1 on the season.
Longwood got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning. Center fielder Robbie Bailey reached on an error by second baseman Tommy Bussey (Jr., 2B, Boynton Beach, Fla.) to open the game and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Scott Kimble. Second baseman Phil Cerreto then plated the first run of the contest with a triple to the wall in center field.
The Lancers added to their lead in the third by taking advantage of two Liberty miscues. Bailey singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a fielding error by Liberty pitcher Ryan Page (Sr., RHP, Cranberry Twp., Pa.) on another sacrifice bunt by Kimble. After moving to third on a fly out, Bailey made it 2-0, when catcher Errol Hollinger's (Jr, Upland, Calif.) throw was low to second base on Kimble's attempted steal.
Liberty countered with two runs in the bottom of the frame to knot the contest at 2-2. Aaron Phillips (Sr., SS, Claremore, Okla.) walked and Bussey reached on a fielding error by third baseman Jonathan Watson on his sacrifice bunt attempt. Hollinger then laid down a bunt, which Watson threw wide of the bag at first base, allowing both runners to score. Hollinger made it all the way to third on the play, as the errant throw bounded away from Lancer first baseman Justin Morreim and down the right field line.
The Flames and Lancers exchanged runs in the fifth inning. In the top of the frame, Longwood plated their run on back-to-back, two-out doubles by Cerreto and Morreim.
In the bottom of the inning, Hollinger singled and was later cashed in on a two-out double down the left field line by Cody Brown (Jr., 3B, Boca Raton, Fla.) to even the score at 3-3. On the play, P.K. Keller (Sr., RF, Clearwater, Fla.) tried to score from first base. However, Longwood left fielder David Smiy, Jr., threw him out on a close play at the plate, ending the Liberty rally.
In the top of the seventh, play was halted due to a heavy thunder shower in the Lynchburg area. Twenty-seven minutes later, the game was called due to the unplayable conditions.
Both starting pitchers were still in the contest when it was ended. Liberty left-hander Ryan Page allowed three runs, only one earned, on seven hits over his six innings of work. He struck out five batters and did not yield a walk. Longwood's Chris Briere gave up three runs, only one earned, on four hits. He struck out four and walked two hitters.
Liberty continues its regular-season ending five-game homestand on Tuesday. The Flames host the VCU Rams in a non-conference match-up at Worthington Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.