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Liberty Pounds Out 13-4 Win Over PC
Bryan Aanderud drove in four runs with four hits and Tyler Cox hit two home runs in the same inning, pushing the Liberty Flames past the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, 13-4, Friday at the PC Baseball Complex. The contest was the Big South opener for both teams.
Aanderud collected his first four-hit game and his fifth of the season with three or more hits. The Liberty second baseman drove in four runs, two coming on a two-run triple during the Flames' eight-run eighth inning. Aanderud now leads Liberty with a .416 batting average and 23 RBIs.
Meanwhile, Cox began the eighth-inning uprising with his second home run of the year, and capped the inning with his third round tripper of the year, a two-run blast. It is the first time this season a Flame has hit two home runs in a contest.
Liberty moves to 1-0 in Big South play and 18-3 overall. Presbyterian College drops to 0-1 in the conference and 9-11 overall.
The Flames staked themselves to an advantage in the top of the third inning. Third baseman Dalton Sype led off the frame with a single and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Zack Haley. Two batters later, center fielder Andy Smith drove a two-out single to center field to score Sype with the first run of the contest. Aanderud followed with a single, giving Liberty a 2-0 lead.
In the home half of the inning, the host Blue Hose countered with a run. Left fielder Nathan Chong walked to open the frame and stole second base. Second baseman Andrew Williams then singled with one out to bring home Chong, slicing the Flames' edge to 2-1.
Once again, Sype got Liberty started in the fifth inning. The third baseman led off the frame with a single and moved to second base on a single by Haley. Left fielder Ian Parmley followed with the third consecutive single of the inning to cash in Sype, upping Liberty's edge to 3-1. Smith then delivered Haley for the second run of the inning with a sacrifice fly and Parmley scored on a single by Aanderud for a 5-1 lead.
Liberty put the contest out of reach with its outburst in the top of the eighth. In between Cox's two home runs in the inning, the Flames plated runs on a RBI single by Sype, a ground out, a fielder's choice and a two-run triple by Aanderud. Liberty sent 11 men to the plate during the eight-run outburst, extending the Flames' advantage to 13-1.
In the bottom of the frame, Presbyterian College pushed across two runs. With the bases loaded, pinch hitter John Wagner singled home two runs.
The Blue Hose added a run in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 13-4.
Liberty starter John Niggli runs his record to 5-0 on the year. The right-hander allowed one run on seven hits over seven innings. The senior struck out two batters and walked three.
PC starter Bud Jeter falls to 1-4. The right-hander gave up seven runs on 10 hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Liberty collected 14 hits in the contest. Besides Aanderud's four hits, Sype added three hits and scored three times for the Flames. PC had 11 hits in the game. Shortstop Billy Montroni recorded three hits for the Blue Hose.
Liberty and Presbyterian College will meet again tomorrow at the PC Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.