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Big Second Inning Powers Liberty Past Coppin State
Liberty plated 10 runs in the second inning and never looked back, driving the Flames past the Coppin State Eagles, 14-0, in game two of the doubleheader, Saturday afternoon at Worthington Stadium. The win enabled the Flames to sweep the twinbill.
Leading 3-0, Liberty broke the game open in the second inning, sending 14 men to plate, to bang out six hits and take advantage of two Eagle errors. The first 11 Flames to bat in the inning reached safely to fuel the 10-run uprising. Two-run singles by second baseman Bryan Aanderud and catcher Trey Wimmer and a RBI double by shortstop Zack Haley highlighted the outburst.
In addition, the trio of Patrick Eckelbarger, Carson Herndon and Ashton Perritt combined on the sixth Liberty shutout of the year. In game one, right-hander John Niggli pitched a two-hit shutout in the Flames' 2-0 victory to set a new record for blankings in a season with the fifth Liberty shutout of the year. The Flames have not allowed a run in 31 consecutive innings, the longest span in school history.
After winning its first seven games to open the year, Liberty has now won its last four contests to improve to 11-1 on the year. Coppin State drops to 0-8.
Just like the first game of the doubleheader, Liberty got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first inning. Left fielder Ian Parmley walked to open the frame, stole second base and scored on a single by center fielder Andy Smith. After back-to-back singles by right fielder Michael Robertson and Aanderud loaded the bases, first baseman Ryan Cordell lifted a sacrifice fly to produce the first run of the game for the Flames. After Wimmer grounded out to plate a run, Robertson made it 3-0, Liberty, scoring on a wild pitch by Eagle starter Madison Nedoo.
Up 13-0 in the fourth inning, the Flames added their final run of the contest. Third baseman Dalton Sype led off the frame with a triple and scored on a RBI single by Josh Richardson.
Liberty starter Eckelbarger runs his record to 3-0 on the season. The right-hander pitched the first four innings for the Flames, giving up one hit and striking out six batters. Eckelbarger has not allowed a run during his three outings this year, a span of 16 innings.
Coppin State starter, Neddo, falls to 0-3 on the season. He was roughed up for 13 runs on nine hits. He also walked four batters.
Liberty collected 12 hits in the contest. Aanderurd, Sype and Haley each had two hits for the Flames.
The Eagles managed three hits in the game. Eckelbarger, Herndon and Perritt did not allow a Coppin State hitter to reach second base in the game.
Coppin State and Liberty will meet again tomorrow at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.