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Liberty's Teufel Shuts Out Presbyterian
Pitcher Shawn Teufel pitched his second complete game of the year in leading the Liberty Flames to a 13-0 shutout victory over the Presbyterian Blue Hose, Saturday.
Liberty, winners of eight-straight Big South contests, moves to 11-3 in conference play and 28-11 overall. Presbyterian drops to 3-11 in the Big South and 11-26 overall.
Except for the opening inning, Teufel was in control throughout the contest in recording the second shutout of the season by the Liberty Flames pitching staff. Liberty's Keegan Linza and Zane Bator combined to shut out the Delaware State Hornets, 16-0, on March 6, in a contest shortened to seven innings due to the 10-run rule being agreed upon by the teams, before the game.
With the first complete game shutout of his career, Teufel moves to 8-1 on the year. He scattered five hits over nine innings, striking out eight and walking two.
Liberty plated a run in the opening inning. With two outs and two runners aboard, designated hitter Justin Richardson ripped a single to left field, chasing home first baseman Doug Bream, who had reached on a fielder's choice, for a 1-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the first, the host Blue Hose loaded the bases with no one out against Teufel. However, the next batter grounded into a fielder's choice in which the lead runner was forced out at home, and the following hitter grounded into a double play to end the Presbyterian threat without a run scoring.
The Flames stretched their advantage in the fourth inning. Second baseman P.J. Jimenez singled to lead off the frame, stole second and moved to third, when Presbyterian second baseman Alex Loftin overthrew the pitcher. Catcher Nathan Thompson followed with a RBI single, and Liberty led 2-0. After the first out of the inning was recorded, Thompson stole second and scored on single by left fielder Kenneth Negron for a 3-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, Liberty broke open the contest with six runs on five hits and an error. Third baseman Tyler Bream began the uprising by ripping a double into the left-center field gap. After shortstop Matt Williams reached on an error by third baseman Matthew Hill, Richardson lined a single to right field to plate the first run of the inning.
Later in the frame, with the bases loaded and one out, Negron walked to force a run home, upping the Liberty advantage to 5-0. After a Blue Hose pitching change, Redal lined a single off the pitcher's mound to bring home another run and Doug Bream followed with a two-run single for an 8-0 advantage. Tyler Bream, hitting for the single time in the inning, followed with a single to plate the final run of the outburst and give the Flames a 9-0 lead.
In the sixth, the Flames added to their advantage. With the bases loaded and one out, Negron lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to drive home a run, upping the Liberty advantage to 10-0.
The Flames added three more in the ninth, on a balk with the bases loaded and sacrifice flies by pinch hitter Justin Sizemore and Williams for the final score of 13-0.
Presbyterian starter Jesse Harmon falls to 2-6 on the year. The first of five Blue Hose pitchers in the contest, Harmon gave up eight runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings of work.
Redal led the Flames with three hits, scoring twice and driving in a run. Negron, who had three RBIs, Tyler Bream, Jimenez and Richardson had two hits apiece. Designated hitter Ryan Morris had two hits for Presbyterian.
The second game of Saturday's scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to inclement weather. Instead, the two teams will complete their Big South Conference series tomorrow afternoon at the PC Baseball Complex. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.