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Kent State Holds Off Liberty 3-2

March 6, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Garret Price struck out the last five batters he faced, Friday.

Garret Price struck out the last five batters he faced, Friday.

The Kent State Golden Flashes nipped the Liberty Flames 3-2, Friday afternoon at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

After the visiting Flashes jumped out to a 3-0 advantage, the Flames cut into the visitors' lead with two runs in the sixth inning. However, Liberty could not find the equalizer, falling for the second time in three days.

Liberty falls to 8-6. After winning seven in a row, the Flames have now dropped two straight. Kent State improves to 7-5. The Flashes snap a two-game losing skid.

Box Score Highlights
Records:
Kent State (7-5); Liberty (8-6)
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium)
Attendance: 1,304
WP: Luke Albright (2-2) | LP: Mason Meyer (1-3) | SV: Jack Zimmerman

Scoring Summary
KENT ST – 1st INNING – Dobos homers, Kirby scores, 2-0
KENT ST – 5th INNING – Dobos singles, Carew scores, 3-0
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Fielding error by right fielder, Wilson scores, 3-1
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Locklear doubles, Gulakowski scores, 3-2

Notable Numbers
- Kent State collected nine hits and committed two errors. Liberty had four hits and made one error.

- Flames starting pitcher Mason Meyer allowed three runs on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.

- Liberty right-hander Garret Price pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. He yielded one hit and struck out the last five batters he faced.

- Kent State designated hitter Kevin Dobos drove in all three of the visitors' runs in the contest. He hit his second home run of the season and had a RBI single.

- Flashes' starter Luke Albright picked up the win. The right-hander gave up two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Turning Point
     After Liberty trimmed the Kent State advantage to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Flashes went to the bullpen with Flames shortstop Cam Locklear on second base and two out. Left-hander Jack Zimmerman entered the game and was able to retire Flames right fielder Brandon Rohrer for the third out to end the inning and hold the Kent State lead. Zimmerman did not allow a run over the final 2 1/3 innings to earn a save.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty falls for only the second time at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium, this season. The Flames are 8-2 on their home field in 2020.

- Kent State and Liberty are meeting for the first time since 2016, this weekend.

- For the first time this season, Liberty pitchers did not walk a batter.

- Price made his 81st career appearance for the Flames, extending his program record. He also ties Jared Lyons (2012-15) for seventh on the program's career strikeout list with 221.

Up Next
Liberty and Kent State will square off in the middle game of their three-game series, tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.