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Flames Split Doubleheader With Terriers
Wofford and Liberty split a doubleheader on Sunday at Russell C. King Field. The Terriers took the opener 5-4 while the Flames claimed the nightcap 4-3.
In the opening game, Liberty took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Aaron Grijalva (R-So., 1B, Redlands, Calif.) hit a solo home run, his first of the season.
Wofford scored four times in the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead with a three-run home run by Brandon Waring capping off the inning.
Liberty knotted the score with three runs in the eighth inning. P.K. Keller (So., CF, St. Petersburg, Fla.) singled with the bases loaded to score a run the first run of the inning and Patrick Gaillard (Jr., SS, Taylors, S.C.) hit a one out, two-run home, his first of the season, tying the game at 4-4.
The Terriers take back the lead and hold onto win the game in the bottom of the eighth when Stephen Johnson doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a one out RBI single by Shane Kirkley.
Starter Charles Vartanian went seven innings for the Terriers, scattering five hits and striking out seven. Whit Kennedy claimed the win, coming on in the eighth and pitching two thirds of an inning to garner his first collegiate victory. The Flames' starter Ryan Page pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking one. Dustin Umberger (Fr., RHP, Hummelstown, Pa.) took the loss in relief of Page. He worked two innings allowing two runs on four hits. Tim John (Jr., RHP, Linwood, N.J.) finished the game by recording the last two outs of the eighth inning, striking out one.
In the nightcap, Liberty's Phillip Laurent (Sr., LF, Cantrall, Ill.) staked the Flames to a 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the first inning. The blast was his first of the season.
Wofford went ahead 3-2 in the third inning on three consecutive doubles by Kirkley, Waring and Adam Wood.
The Flames tied the game in the fourth inning on a solo homer by Errol Hollinger (Fr., C, Upland, Calif.), the first of his collegiate career.
The Flames pushed across the winning run in the top of the seventh inning as Grijalva reached on an error, stole second, and scored on an RBI single by Gaillard.
Liberty's Tim John was credited with his first win, yielding just two hits over four innings of relief while striking out three. Phillip Thompson pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season. Whit Kennedy took the loss for the Terriers, giving up the unearned run in the seventh inning to even his record at 1-1.
With the split, Liberty opens the season with a 2-1 mark, while Wofford stands at 3-3 on the season.
The Flames return to Lynchburg for their home opener on Tuesday as they host Longwood. First pitch at Worthington Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.