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Liberty's Win Streak Comes to End at William & Mary
The Liberty Flames saw their five-game winning streak come to an end, falling to the Tribe of William & Mary, 11-5, Tuesday evening in a non-conference game at Plumeri Park.
Liberty moves to 20-17 on the season, while William & Mary ups its record to 19-20. The Flames' five-game winning streak was their longest of the year.
Liberty did not waste any time getting on the scoreboard, as the game's first three batters reached on hits, plating two runs. Center fielder Ian Parmley led off the contest by legging out a double on a liner into left field and promptly scored when right fielder Michael Robertson ripped the first pitch he saw over the head of the center fielder to the base of the wall for a triple. Shortstop Matt Williams followed with a single to cash in Robertson, and the Flames had a quick 2-0 lead.
William & Mary struck for three two-out runs in the third inning to take their first advantage of the night. After the first two batters of the frame were retired, shortstop Derrick Osteen walked, first baseman Tadd Bower singled and second baseman Jonathan Slattery walked, loading the bases. The next batter, designated hitter Stephen Arcure drew a base on balls, forcing in the first Tribe run of the contest. After a Liberty pitching change, left fielder Ryan Williams plated two runs by dropping a single into left field, giving William & Mary a 3-2 lead.
In the sixth inning, the Tribe extended its advantage with five runs. With one out, catcher Devin White singled and advanced to second base when right fielder Derrick Lowe walked. Center fielder Ryan Brown followed with a run-scoring single. Two batters later, Osteen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing in a run and upping the home team's lead to 5-2.
Bower then dropped a single into center field to bring home another run to make it, 6-2. The Tribe added two more runs, when Slattery, the next batter, grounded back to pitcher Dane Beakler, who threw the ball into center field in an attempt to get an out at second base for an 8-2 Tribe lead.
William & Mary added three more runs in the seventh inning on a two-run double by Osteen and wild pitch.
After six scoreless innings, Liberty plated two runs in the eighth. With two outs, Robertson doubled to center field and scored on a single by Williams. After Williams stole second base, left fielder Doug Bream produced a run with his single through the left side of the infield.
First baseman Austin Taylor added a run in the ninth for the Flames with his fourth home run of the year for the final score of 11-5.
Patrick Eckelbarger falls to 1-3 on the year. The second of seven pitchers for the Flames in the contest, Eckelbarger gave up three runs on one hit, striking out one and walking three in 2/3 of an inning.
Tribe starter Matt Wainman moves to 3-2. The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. The first of four William & Mary pitchers in the game, Wainman struck out two and did not walk a batter.
Liberty totaled nine hits in the contest. Williams had three hits and Robertson two hits, both of which went for extra bases. William & Mary had 12 hits in the game. White and Lowe each had three hits for the Tribe.
Liberty takes the short trip over the Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend to Lexington, Va., for a three-game Big South series against the VMI Keydets. The series gets underway Friday at Gray-Minor Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7 p.m.