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Flames' Winning Streak Comes to an End

March 31, 2009  Norfolk, Va.  RSS
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Shortstop Matt Williams had two hits for the Flames

Shortstop Matt Williams had two hits for the Flames

The Liberty Flames saw their season-high winning streak come to an end Tuesday, falling to the Old Dominion Monarchs, 2-1, at Bud Metheny Stadium.

Liberty drops to 19-6 on the year, while Old Dominion ups its r ecord to 8-15. The setback halts the Flames' winning streak at nine games, their longest of the season.

The visiting Flames staked themselves to an early advantage in the top of the third inning. With two outs, second baseman Kizuku Scott (Fr., Hampton, Va.) walked and advanced to third base on a hit-and-run single by shortstop Matt Williams (Fr., Franklin, Tenn.). Center fielder Curran Redal (Jr., Moses Lake, Wash.) followed with a run-scoring single to left field for a 1-0 Liberty lead.

Old Dominion took a 2-1 advantage in the fourth frame. Monarch third baseman Jake McAloose singled with one out. Two batters later, first baseman Joe Velleggia hit his third home run of the year, a two-out line drive over the left field fence, giving Old Dominion the lead.

In the top of the ninth, Williams reached on an error and stole second with one out. However, reliever Gerard Hall was able to strand the tying run at second by retiring the next two batters for a 2-1 Monarchs win.

Liberty starter Cody Brown (Sr., Cumming, Ga.) takes the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. The right-hander gave up two runs on six hits, striking out six and walking one, over the first five innings. Reliever Andrew Wilson (Sr., RHP, Cary, N.C.) followed with three scoreless frames.

Monarch starter Chris Boggs picks up the win to run his mark to 2-0 on the season. He allowed one run on six hits over seven innings of work. The right-hander struck out four Flames and walked four. Gerard Hall earned his first save of the year, with two innings of scoreless relief.

Williams had two of Liberty's six hits in the contest. Old Dominion second baseman Chris Buss had two of the Monarchs' six hits in the game.

The Flames return home tomorrow to meet the James Madison Dukes. Game time at Worthington Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.