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Liberty Sweeps Doubleheader from St. John's with 4-1 Game Two Win
Brooks Roy and Carson Hendon combined to pitch seven scoreless, allowing the Liberty Flames to defeat the St. John's Red Storm, 4-1, in game two to sweep a doubleheader at Worthington Stadium, Saturday afternoon. The Flames took the first game, 7-4.
Roy entered the game in the third inning in relief of Liberty starter Trey Lambert, who had finished game one to earn his first save of the year. Roy pitched four scoreless innings, giving up one hit to run his record to 3-0 on the season. The junior right-hander struck out two batters and walked one. He allowed only one Red Storm to advance to second base during his outing.
Herndon came on in the seventh and pitched the final three innings to record his first collegiate save. The freshman gave up two hits, striking out three batters and walking one to seal the Liberty victory.
With the win, Liberty has won a season-high nine straight games and moves to 16-1 on the year. The Flames' mark is the best start to any season in program history. St. John's drops to 4-9.
Left fielder Jeremy Baltz staked the Red Storm to a 1-0 advantage in the second inning. Baltz led off the frame with a home run to left field, his second of the year.
Liberty tied the score with run in the fourth. Right fielder Michael Robertson reached on an infield single and later scored on ground out by first baseman Ryan Cordell.
In their next at bat, the Flames benefited from a St. John's error to take a 2-1 edge. With two outs, left fielder Ian Parmley singled and stole second base. He then scored on a throwing error by Red Storm shortstop Mat Wessinger on a grounder by Liberty center fielder Andy Smith.
In the fifth inning, the Flames gave themselves a three-run cushion with two more runs. The first three Liberty batters reached to open the home half of the frame, as Robertson reached on an error and designated hitter Tyler Cox and second baseman Bryan Aanderud each singled. Catcher Trey Wimmer then produced the first run of the stanza with a sacrifice fly. Third baseman Dalton Sype followed with a run-scoring single for what proved to be the final margin of 4-1.
St. John's did advance a runner to third base in the top of the eighth inning with two outs. However, Herndon got the next Red Storm batter to fly out to strand the runner.
St. John's starter Matt Carasiti falls to 1-1 on the season. The right-hander gave up four runs, all unearned, on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. The first of three Red Storm pitchers in the game, he struck out five batters and walked one.
Liberty collected seven hits in the contest, with Robertson and Aanderud having two apiece. Baltz had two of St. John's six hits. The Red Storm committed four errors.
St. John's and Liberty will wrap-up their weekend series at Worthington Stadium, tomorrow with a single game. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.