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Cox, Parmley Help Liberty Roll Past Towson, 12-3
Tyler Cox drove in five runs and Ian Parmley had four hits and scored three times, helping to propel the Liberty Flames to a 12-3 victory over the Towson Tigers, Saturday evening at Riley Park.
Cox went 3-for-4 in the contest, with two run-scoring doubles and a two-run home run. Liberty's designated hitter also scored two runs, raising his batting average to a team-leading .583. Parmley, the Flames' leadoff hitter, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored.
In addition, Liberty got another strong outing from its starting pitcher during the team's weekend in Charleston. Jacob Kemmerer picked up the win in his first outing of 2012. The senior right-hander did not allow a run over the first five innings and ended up allowing three runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings of work. He struck out two and walked one. At one point during his outing, Kemmerer retired eight straight batters.
Liberty moves to 3-0 on the year. Until the Tigers scored in the sixth inning, the Flames had not allowed a run over 23 consecutive innings to begin the year. Towson, who Liberty also defeated earlier in the day, 8-0, drops to 1-2.
For the third consecutive contest, the Flames, the home team on the scoreboard, opened the game with runs in the first inning. Liberty has plated two or more runs in the opening inning of each of its three games.
Left fielder Parmley led off the frame with a bunt single and stole second base. After Parmley moved to third on a strike three wild pitch to right fielder Michael Robertson, Cox laced a one-out double off the right center field wall to clear the bases and give the Flames a 2-0 lead. Second baseman Bryan Aanderud followed with an opposite-field RBI single, plating Cox for a 3-0 advantage.
Liberty extended its lead in the second inning. Shortstop Zack Haley walked and advanced to third base on the first of Parmley's two doubles in the contest. Two batters later, both runners scored on a throwing error by Tiger second baseman Peter Bowles on a two-out grounder by Robertson.
The Flames pushed across a single run in each of the third and fourth innings. Third baseman Dalton Sype scored Aanderud, who had opened the frame with a single, by beating out a well-placed bunt for a single in the third inning to give Liberty a 6-0 edge. A RBI double by Cox in the fourth inning upped the Flames' lead to 7-0.
Towson cut into Liberty's advantage in the top of the sixth inning, scoring the first runs of the year against the Flames. After center fielder Ben Winters and designated hitter Brandon Gonella each singled to begin the inning, Dominic Fratantuono doubled, scoring Winters. Later in the frame, Bowles singled with two outs to plate two more runs, trimming the Liberty lead to 7-3.
The Flames answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth, when Cox blasted his first home run in a Liberty uniform off a palm tree beyond the left field wall for a 9-3 edge.
Liberty tacked on three more runs for the final score of 12-3 in the seventh inning. With two outs, Parmley tripled and scored on a double by center fielder Andy Smith. Robertson followed with his first home run of the season over the left field wall.
Liberty pounded out 14 hits in the contest, with nine going for extra bases. Towson had six hits in the contest.
Tiger starter Tyler Austin takes the loss in his first outing of 2012. The right-hander was roughed up for seven runs on seven hits over three innings. He struck out four and walked two batters.
Liberty will face The Citadel Bulldogs, the host of The Citadel Challenge, tomorrow in the final game of the tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.