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Liberty Defeats Coppin State, 13-1
Liberty held Coppin State to four hits and second baseman Bryan Aanderud drove in five runs, downing the Eagles, 13-1, Sunday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.
On a staff day for the Flames, eight pitchers combined to allow one unearned run on four hits over nine innings, striking out 12 Eagles and walking three. After shutouts in its last three games, Liberty saw its consecutive scoreless innings streak come to an end at 39 innings, when Coppin State plated an unearned run in the ninth inning. The streak is the longest in program history.
Aanderud, Liberty's cleanup hitter, collected three hits and drove in five runs in the contest. It is the fourth time this season that the junior has recorded a three-hit game. His five RBIs were the most for the second baseman in a game this year. Liberty left fielder Ian Parmley also had three hits in the game, scoring three times.
With the win, the Flames extended their winning streak to five games and improve to 12-1 on the year. Liberty's record to start 2012 is the best start by a Flames team since 1995 and in the five-year tenure of head coach Jim Toman. Coppin State falls to 0-9.
For the 10th time this season, Liberty scored first in a game, taking advantage of two errors by Coppin State with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. Parmley kept the frame alive with a single and stole second base. Center fielder Andy Smith and right fielder Michael Robertson each hit ground balls which were misplayed by Eagle infielders, allowing two runs to score for a 2-0 advantage.
Liberty upped its lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning. Smith opened the frame with a single and later scored on a single by Aanderud. Robertson, who had reached on a bunt single, also came home on the play, on an errant throw by a Coppin State outfielder.
In the seventh inning, Liberty added three more runs. Smith and Aanderud produced runs with RBI singles, while Parmley scored on another throwing error by the Eagle outfield.
In the eighth inning, the Flames batted around, sending 10 men to home plate. Liberty tallied six runs on three hits and an error in the frame. The big blow of the inning was a bases-clearing double by Aanderud.
Coppin State, which had been held without a run through the first 24 innings of the three-game series, broke through for an unearned run in the ninth inning.
Brooks Roy, the second of Liberty's eight pitchers in the game, picked up the win with a scoreless inning of work.
Eagle starter Paul Hawk took the loss, falling to 0-1 on the year. The first of five Coppin State pitchers in the game, Hawk gave up four runs on six hits over five innings.
Liberty amassed 13 hits in the game. The Flames have recorded double-digit hit totals on 10 occasions this season. Liberty also benefitted from six Coppin State errors in the contest.
Liberty travels across the Commonwealth to Norfolk, Va., to square off with the Old Dominion Monarchs, Tuesday. Game time at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex is scheduled for 3 p.m.