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Beakler Pitches Liberty Past UNO, 3-2
Liberty pitcher Dane Beakler went the distance and first baseman Austin Taylor hit his fifth home run of the year, leading the Flames to a 3-2 win over the New Orleans Privateers, Saturday afternoon in the third game of the Liberty Tournament at Worthington Stadium.
Liberty improves to 24-19 on the year, winning back-to-back one run games for the first time this season. New Orleans falls to 3-40.
Making his first start since May 16, 2006, Beakler recorded the first complete game of his career, running his record to 2-0 on the year. The senior right-hander allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits over the full nine innings. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter. After New Orleans tied the game in the fifth inning, the right-hander did not allow a runner to reach base, retiring the last 14 batters to face him in the contest.
The Flames jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, pushing across a run. Center fielder Ian Parmley led off the inning with a single and stole second base. With two outs, Parmley moved to third base on wild pitch and scored when Privateer catcher Steffan Farrell's throw got past third baseman Michael Ballero.
Both teams plated runs in the third. New Orleans scored its first run of the game in the top of the inning. With one out, shortstop Beau Boudreaux reached on a bunt single and stole second base. Second baseman Chris Geronimo followed with a run-scoring double into the left field corner, tying the contest.
In the bottom of the inning, Liberty went back in front. With the bases loaded and no one out, third baseman Ballero was able to force out Liberty third baseman Zack Haley at home plate on a grounder by shortstop Matt Williams. However, a throw by Farrell in attempt to get the Flames shortstop at first sailed high and down the right field line, allowing Parmley, who had singled, to come home for a 2-1 lead.
New Orleans knotted the game in the fifth inning. With one out, Boudreaux singled through the left side and advanced to second base on ground out. Left fielder Jake Palmisano then moved the runner to third base with a single. With runners on the corners, Palmisano stole second and Boudreaux was able to tie the game at 2-2 by scoring on a throwing error by Liberty catcher Tyler Bream.
In the seventh inning, Taylor put the Flames up for good at 3-2. With one out, the Liberty second baseman lined the first pitch of his at bat over the left center field wall for the go-ahead run.
It was all Beakler needed as he retired the side in order in both the eight and the ninth innings.
New Orleans starter Nolan Church falls to 0-3 on the year. The Privateer right-hander pitched his first complete game of the season, giving up three runs on eight hits over eight innings of work. He struck out three batters and walked two.
Designated hitter Justin Richardson, Parmley and Taylor each had two hits for the Flames in the game. Boudreaux led all hitters in the contest with three hits for New Orleans.
Liberty will host New Orleans again tomorrow at the Liberty Tournament at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for Noon. After the conclusion of that contest, the Flames will host the Le Moyne Dolphins in the final game of the tournament.