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Liberty Powers Past PC in Game One
Liberty's Justin Richardson belted a career-high two home runs and Doug Bream added another round tripper, powering the Flames past the Presbyterian College Blue Hose in game one of a Big South doubleheader, 7-1, Sunday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.
It is the first time this season, the Flames have hit three home runs in a game. In addition, Richardson becomes the first Liberty player to hit more than one round tripper in a contest this season.
With the victory, Liberty moves to 9-5 in the Big South Conference and 19-16 overall. Presbyterian College falls to 4-10 in conference play and 18-18 overall.
The Flames jumped on the new Worthington Stadium scoreboard first, pushing across a run in the home half of the second inning. With one out, first baseman Austin Taylor lined a double into the left field corner. After Taylor moved to third base when an errant pickoff throw by Blue Hose starter Bud Jeter wound up in center field, Flames center fielder Ian Parmley beat out an infield single, plating the Liberty first baseman for a 1-0 advantage.
Bream added a run to the Flames' count in the third inning. The Liberty left fielder laced his first home run of the year over the right field wall with two away, upping the Flames' lead to 2-0.
Leading off the fourth inning, Richardson followed suit. The junior designated hitter connected for his first solo home run of the season, making it, 3-0 Liberty.
Presbyterian College scored its lone run in the fifth. Third baseman Tyler Hill drew a one-out walk and advanced to second base on a ground out. Shortstop Andrew Williams then brought home Hill with a two-out single, trimming the Liberty edge to 3-1.
The Flames put the contest away in the sixth, scoring four runs on four hits and benefitting from three PC errors. Bream opened the inning by lining an opposite field double to the bottom of the left-center field wall. After moving up to third base on a fly out by third baseman Tyler Bream, Doug Bream scored as Andrew Williams dropped the relay throw from the outfield. Richardson followed by blasting his second home run of the contest, a liner over the right-center field wall, extending Liberty's advantage to 5-0.
Taylor then reached on an error by Hill, before Haley legged out an infield single. After Parmley reached on another Presbyterian miscue to fill the bases with Flames, right fielder Michael Robertson singled, driving in two more runs for the final score of 7-1.
Liberty starter Steven Evans moves to 4-3 on the season. The left-hander allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. He struck out two and walked two batters. Jacob Kemmerer gave up one hit in a scoreless eighth inning, while Mark Swanson retired all three batters he faced in the ninth, striking out one batter.
Jeter drops to 4-4 on the year. The right-hander gave up six runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two batters.
Liberty had 10 hits in the contest. Robertson, Doug Bream and Richardson each had two hits for the Flames. Presbyterian College totaled seven hits in the game. Designated hitter Brandon Paul had two hits for the Blue Hose.