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Niggli, Liberty Shut Down Coppin State in Game One
Pitcher John Niggli threw his first complete-game shutout as Flame, leading Liberty to a 2-0 win over the Coppin State Eagles, Saturday afternoon in game one of a doubleheader at Worthington Stadium.
Niggli went the full nine innings for the first time this season, moving his record to 3-0. The right-hander yielded two hits, while striking out a career-high 12 batters and walking two. The senior set down the side in order in five of the nine innings and finished the contest by retiring nine consecutive Eagle batters.
Liberty moves to 10-1 on the year with the win. The shutout by Niggli was the fifth by the Flames this season, setting a new school record for shutouts in a season. Coppin State drops to 0-7.
Liberty took a 1-0 lead in the contest in the bottom of the first inning. After the first three batters reached on two walks and hit batsman to open the frame, designated hitter Tyler Cox lifted a sacrifice fly to give the Flames the early advantage.
Liberty upped its lead to what proved to be the 2-0 final score in the seventh inning. After one-hopping a liner off the center field wall for a triple, first baseman Alex Close scored on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Dalton Sype to extend the Flames' advantage.
Coppin State starter Ben Jarobe rebounded from his rocky first inning to allow two runs on two hits over seven innings. He falls to 0-3 on the year. He struck out two batters and walked four.