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Linza Goes Distance in 5-1 Win
Pitcher Keegan Linza held Le Moyne in check during the full nine innings, as the Liberty Flames defeated the Dolphins, 5-1, Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Liberty Tournament at Worthington Stadium.
Winners of four-straight games, the Flames move to 26-19 on the season. Liberty has also won 11 out of its last 14 contests. Earlier in the day, Liberty downed New Orleans, 5-2, in the tournament. Le Moyne drops to 15-27 on the year.
Linza recorded his fourth complete game of the season, running his mark to 7-3 on the year. The senior right-hander gave up an unearned run on six hits. He struck out seven and walked two batters. Linza allowed only one hit during the last five innings.
For the fourth consecutive game, Liberty plated a run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Leadoff hitter, center fielder Ian Parmley, drew a base on balls to open the frame and stole second base. Three batters later, designated hitter Justin Richardson singled back through the middle to drive in Parmley for an early advantage.
In the third inning, the Flames pushed across another run. Once again, Parmley walked, this time with one out, and moved to third on a single by right fielder Michael Robertson. Shortstop Matt Williams followed with a sacrifice fly, upping the Liberty lead to 2-0.
Le Moyne trimmed the Flames' advantage to one, 2-1, in the fourth, scoring its only run of the day against Linza. With one out, shortstop Ryan Mahoney doubled and advanced to third base on a ground out by right fielder Don Schaaf. Designated hitter Brian Stinson followed with a grounder which Liberty third baseman misplayed for an error, allowing Mahoney to plate the lone run of the game for the Dolphins.
Liberty extended its lead with its final three runs of the game in the sixth. Williams was hit by a pitch and Richardson singled to put runners at the corners. After Joshua Thompson pinch ran for Richardson, Le Moyne pitcher Derek Zielinksi balked to allow Williams to score. Bream followed with a single to left field. When Dolphin left fielder Pat Wiese misplayed the ball, Thompson came home to make it, 4-1 Flames. With two outs and Bream on second, catcher Casey Rasmus lined a double into the right-center field gap, driving in the runner for the final score of 5-1.
Le Moyne starter Zielinski drops to 2-4 on the season. He gave up five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two batters and walked three.
Liberty totaled eight hits in the game. Richardson led the Flames with two hits. Botsford had two hits for the Dolphins.
Liberty hosts the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the start of a three-game Big South series, Thursday night at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.