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Campbell Edges Liberty in 10th Inning to Achieve Split
After Campbell left fielder Jimmy Brenneman made a running catch near the top of the wall to send the game to extra innings, the visiting Camels plated a run on sacrifice fly in the 10th to defeat the Liberty Flames, 7-6, Saturday in the second game to achieve a split of a Big South doubleheader at Worthington Stadium. Liberty took the first game, 8-6.
With a runner aboard and two out, Brenneman jumped up and caught a liner at the top of the wall in the bottom ninth to take away the game-winning hit from Liberty designated hitter Tyler Cox, sending the 6-6 game to the 10th inning.
In the top of the 10th, Campbell first baseman Nick Ray led off the inning with a walk and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by shortstop Carm'Ron Summers for a 7-6 lead.
Liberty rallied in the bottom of the frame. With one out, the Flames moved the tying run into scoring position on two consecutive walks issued to catcher Danny Grauer and outfielder Ashton Perritt by reliever David Olson. However, Olson retired the next two Flames to seal the Campbell win.
Liberty second baseman Bryan Aanderud had three hits and scored three times in the game. Grauer also drove in three runs, two coming on his first home run of the season
Liberty falls to 7-2 in Big South play and 27-8 overall. The Flames took the first two games of the series with a 5-4 win on Friday and an 8-6 victory in game one of the doubleheader. Campbell moves to 6-3 in the conference standings and 26-7 overall. The win halted a three-game losing streak by the Camels.
Both squads posted runs on the scoreboard in the contest's opening inning. With two out, Campbell second baseman Michael Felton tripled and scored on a fielding error by Flames third baseman Dalton Sype for the game's first run in the top of the first.
In the bottom of the inning, Liberty countered with two runs of its own. Aanderud singled and Cox walked with two outs. First baseman Alex Close followed by dropping a triple into the right field corner, clearing the base and giving the Flames a 2-1 edge.
In the next two innings, the Camels plated single runs in each frame to take a 3-2 lead. Campbell benefited from an error in the second. First baseman Nick Ray ended up on third to open the inning, when Liberty center fielder Andy Smith dropped Ray's fly ball. Designated hitter Bryce Grady followed with a sacrifice fly to knot the game at 2-2. Designated hitter Jake Kirkland hit his seventh home run of the year in the third for a 3-2 Camel advantage.
Liberty tied it in the fourth. With two out, Sype doubled and scored on a triple by shortstop Zack Haley.
The Flames staked themselves to a 5-3 lead in the fifth. Back-to-back singles by Smith and Aanderud opened the frame. With one out, the runners on the corners, Smith plated the first run of the inning on throwing error by Campbell catcher Blake Boyce. Later, Aanderud came home on a wild pitch by Camel reliever Logan Self.
Once again, Campbell tied the game in the sixth with two two-out runs. Third baseman Olson tripled keeping the inning alive and scored on a wild pitch by Liberty starting pitcher Jacob Kemmerer. Grady followed with single and deadlocked the contest at 5-5, scoring on a single by pinch hitter Ben Fish.
In the seventh, Campbell went in front with a run. Breneman reached on a fielding error by Haley and advanced to second on a bunt. Later, the Camel left fielder broke the tie, plating a run on a one-out bases loaded single by Olson.
Grauer knotted the game in the bottom of the eight with a solo home run to make it, 6-6.
Liberty reliever Blake Forslund takes the loss to fall to 1-2. The third of three pitchers in the contest for the Flames, Forslund allowed one run on one hit over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five batters and walked two.
Campbell reliever Matt Marksberry improves to 4-1. He yielded one hit over 1 2/3 innings, striking out one batter and walking one. Olson pitched the 10th to record his fourth save of the year.
Liberty outhit Campbell, 10-8, in the contest. However, the Flames committed a season-high five errors in the game. Each team left nine runners on base.
Liberty will next host the James Madison Dukes on Tuesday in a nonconference game. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.