Trey McDyre hit the first home run of his career, a grand slam, and had a career-high five RBI in game two, Saturday.
Third baseman Trey McDyre hit a grand slam and collected a career-high five RBI, as the Liberty Flames defeated the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, 17-4, in game two of a Big South doubleheader, Saturday at John Henry Moss Stadium.
McDyre had three hits and hit the slam, the first home run of his career , leading to a career-high five RBI. He also scored twice.
First baseman Sammy Taormina and left fielder Jake Barbee joined McDyre with home runs in the contest. Taormina had two hits and three RBI in the contest, after collecting three hits, two home runs and a career-high six RBI in game one of the twinbill. His home run was his eighth of the season.
Barbee had two hits, drove in three runs and scored three runs in the contest. His home run was his fourth of the year.
Liberty improves its Big South record to 9-6 and its overall mark to 23-15 on the season. Gardner-Webb falls to 8-7 in conference play and 20-19 overall. The Runnin' Bulldogs won the first game, 10-8, to achieve a split of the doubleheader on Satuday.
Flames right-hander Evan Mitchell runs his record to 5-1 on the season. The senior gave up three runs on four hits over eight innings and was in control for most of the contest. He struck out three and walked one.
Liberty jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Center fielder D.J. Artis walked and McDyre singled to open the contest. Left fielder Jake Barbee and first baseman Sammy Taormina followed with run-scoring singles for a two-run Flames' edge.
Liberty pushed across another run in the second. With two outs, catcher Payton Scarbrough walked. Shortstop Cam Locklear then beat out an infield single, and both runners moved to second and third base when Gardner-Webb shortstop Paul Trick's throw to first sailed into the dugout. After Artis was intentionally walked to load the bases, McDyre was hit by a pitch to force in a run and allow Liberty to build a 3-0 advantage.
Gardner-Webb cut into its deficit in the third. Designated hitter Gage Parham was hit by a pitch to open the home half of the inning and moved to second on a single by center fielder Mason Fox. Third baseman Matt Simmons followed with a two-run double, plating both runners to slice Liberty's lead to 3-2.
The Flames answered with three runs in the top of the fourth. Scarbrough led off the inning with a double and scored on a one-out single by Artis. Two batters later, Barbee blasted a home run off the scoreboard in right-center field to lengthen the Liberty advantage to 6-2.
In the fifth, the Flames batted around, plating eight runs to take a commanding lead. The first six batters of the frame reached, as five walked and one batter was hit by a pitch. Scarbrough and Locklear each drew a base on balls with the bases full to force in the first two runs of the inning. Artis followed with a RBI and was aboard on McDyre's grand slam, upping the Liberty's lead to 13-2. Two batters later, Taormina homered for a 14-2 advantage.
Bulldog catcher Justin Kunz hit his fifth home run of the season to open the bottom of the sixth inning.
Liberty added three runs on a sacrifice fly and two walks with the bases loaded in the ninth, while Gardner-Webb scored one in the bottom of the inning for the final score.
Bulldog right-hander Landon Mitchell drops to 4-3. The freshman allowed three runs on four hits over three innings. He did not strike out a batter and walked five.
Gardner-Webb pitchers walked 16 Flames in the contest.
Liberty outhit Gardner-Webb, 12-5. Artis had two hits, walked three times and scored four times in the game. Scarbrough also collected two hits, walked four time and scored three times.
Up Next: Liberty continues its eight-game road trip on Friday. The Flames travel to up Route 460 to Farmville for a Big South series against the Longwood Lancers. The series begins Friday at 7 p.m.