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Flames Plate Four Runs in 9th to Down Owls 14-10 in Game 1

May 5, 2019  Kennesaw, Ga.  RSS
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Third baseman Trey McDyre hit a home run and tied a career-high with five RBI in game one win.

Third baseman Trey McDyre hit a home run and tied a career-high with five RBI in game one win.

The Liberty Flames broke a 10-10 tie with four runs in the top of the ninth inning for a 14-10 victory over the Kennesaw State Owls in game one of an ASUN doubleheader, Sunday afternoon at Stillwell Baseball Stadium.

The contest turned into a wild, back-and-forth affair. After falling behind 6-0 through two innings, the Flames erase their deficit with nine unanswered to take a 9-6 advantage after six innings. However, the Owls tied the contest at 10-10 in in the bottom of the eighth on a three-run home run by center fielder Justin Franklin, his second of the game, setting up the Liberty ninth.

Liberty's Trey McDyre tied a career-high with five RBIs. He had two hits, including a three-run home run in the fourth inning.

Flames designated hitter Ben Highfill posted a career-high with four hits in the contest. He had two doubles and a RBI and scored a career-high four runs.

With the victory, the Flames take the first two games of the series to capture the three-game series. Liberty moves to 32-14 overall and 12-4 in ASUN Conference play. The Owls fall to 21-26 overall and 7-10 in conference action.          

Box Score Highlights
Records: Liberty (32-14, 12-5 ASUN); Kennesaw State (21-26, 7-10 ASUN)
Location: Kennesaw, Ga. (Fred Stillwell Baseball Stadium)
WP: Garret Price (6-2) | LP: Jared Rine (2-5)

Scoring Summary
KSU – 1st INNING – Franklin homers, Simon scores, 2-0
KSU – 1st INNING – Russell homers, 3-0
KSU – 2nd INNING – Franklin singles, Tolve scores, 4-0
KSU – 2nd INNING – Norman homers, Franklin scores, 6-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Galazin grounds out, Locklear scores, 6-1
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Betts singles, Mathieu scores, 6-2
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – McDyre homers, Highfill and Betts score, 6-5
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Highfill singles, Galazin scores, 6-6
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – McDyre singles, Betts scores, 7-6
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Embry fly out, Highfill scores, 8-6
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Wagner singles, McDyre scores, 9-6
KSU – 7th INNING – Chabut singles, Franklin scores, 9-7
LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Rohrer is hit by pitch, Highfill scores, 10-7
KSU – 8th INNING – Franklin homers, Willoughby and Tolve score, 10-10
LIBERTY – 9th INNING – McDyre grounds out, Galazin scores, 11-10
LIBERTY – 9th INNING – Embry singles, Betts scored, 12-10
LIBERTY – 9th INNING – Locklear singles, Highfill scores, 13-10
LIBERTY – 9th INNING – Rohrer files out, Embry scores, 14-10

 Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit Kennesaw State, 16-14, in the contest. Neither team committed an error.

 - Liberty scored five runs in the fourth inning and took its first lead of the game with four runs in the sixth inning.

 - McDyre hit his third home run of the year to cap Liberty's five-run fourth inning.

 - Liberty catcher Gray Betts also had two hits and a RBI, scoring twice. He was joined by Flames third baseman Tyler Galazin with two hits and two runs scored. Shortstop Cam Locklear also had two hits.

 - Flames left-hander Mason Meyer pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing the Flames to erase their six-run deficit during the middle innings. He scattered four hits and struck out five. He did not issue a walk.

 - The Owls' Franklin was joined by right fielder Terence Norman, who hit his fifth home run of the season and designated hitter Justin Russell, who connected for his seventh, in the contest.

 Turning Point
After seeing the Owls knot the contest in the bottom of the eighth, the Flames answered in the top of the ninth. Galazin singled and Betts was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Highfill then beat out a bunt down the third base line, loading the bases. McDyre followed with a high chopper in the middle of the infield, scoring Galazin for an 11-10 advantage. The Flames went on to score three more to extend their lead to the final score of 14-10.

Beyond the Box Score
- Six runs is the largest deficit the Flames have overcome this season.

- For the second time this season, Jonathan Embry started in center field. Freshman Gray Betts handled the catching duties.

- All four of McDyre's hits this season have driven in runs.

- Highfill eclipsed his previous highs for hits and runs in a contest. The junior's previous high for hits was three in a Liberty victory over Campbell at the Big South Championship on May 25, 2018. Until today, he had never scored more than two runs in a contest.

- Locklear has had two or more hits in six of Liberty's last 10 games. The shortstop leads the Flames with 14 multi-hit games.

- With two hits, Betts extends his reached base safely in 21 consecutive contests, tying second baseman Will Wagner for the longest streak this season. The freshman has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games.