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Liberty Defeats New Orleans, 5-2

May 1, 2011
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Zach Haley

Left fielder Ryan Cordell and third baseman Zack Haley each had three hits, leading the Liberty Flames past the New Orleans Privateers, 5-2, Sunday afternoon in game five of the Liberty Tournament at Worthington Stadium.

With the win, the Flames third in a row, Liberty moves to 25-19 overall. New Orleans drops to 3-42 on the year.

Cordell had three hits in a game for the first time as a collegian. The left fielder went 3-for-3 in the contest, scoring twice. Haley matched his teammate by going 3-for-3 and plating two runs.

Liberty staked itself to an early advantage with a run in the game's opening inning. Center fielder Ian Parmley walked leading off the bottom of the first and stole second. When Privateer catcher Steffan Farrell throw sailed into center field, Parmley moved to third base. Two batters later, shortstop Matt Williams lifted a run-producing sacrifice fly, giving the Flames a 1-0 lead.

In the fifth inning, Liberty extended its advantage. Cordell and Haley opened the frame with back-to-back singles. With both runners in scoring position, Parmley plated Cordell with a sacrifice fly for the first run of the inning. Right fielder Michael Robertson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Haley, upping the Flames advantage to 3-0.

The Flames tacked on insurance runs in the seventh. Once again, Cordell and Haley started an inning with back-to-back singles. After both runners moved into scoring position at second and third base on the third single of the frame by Parmley, Williams brought home Cordell with a sacrifice fly. Just like in the fifth, Robertson followed suit, plating Haley with a sacrifice fly for a 5-0 advantage.

New Orleans pushed across two runs in the ninth inning for the final of 5-2. With the bases loaded and one out, the Privateers scored a run on a Liberty error. The next batter, center fielder Blake LeBlanc plated the second run with a ground out.

Three Liberty pitchers combined to hold the Privateers to a combined two runs on four hits. Flames starter Blake Forslund picked up his first win in a Liberty uniform, running his record to 1-2 on the year. The right-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He struck out six and walked two batters. Jacob Kemmerer followed with four scoreless frames and did not allow a hit. He struck out three and walked one batter. Willi Martin closed out the ninth inning for Liberty.

New Orleans starter Scott Stonestreet falls to 1-4. He gave up three runs on four hits, striking out two batters and walking one.

Liberty had eight hits in the game, while New Orleans totaled four.