Chad Miller's one-out single down the right field line in the bottom of the ninth inning provided the Liberty Flames with a 4-3 victory over the Longwood Lancers, Thursday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.
Visiting Longwood opened the scoring on the afternoon with two runs in the top half of the first inning. With one out Nick vonGersdorff singled up the middle and advanced to second on a ground out. Brandon Maupin walked and Paul Heilder then followed with a two-run double to left center field to put the Lancers up, 2-0.
Liberty knotted the score in the bottom of the inning. Patrick Gaillard (Jr., SS, Taylors, S.C.) doubled to left center field to lead off the inning. After a ground out, Phillip Laurent (Sr., LF, Cantrall, Illinois) hit a towering home run to right center field to tie the score at 2-2. It was the leftfielder's second round-tripper of the season.
Miller (Sr., 3B, Wheat Ridge, Co.) would give Liberty a 3-2 advantage in the fifth inning by leading off the frame with his first home run of the season.
The Lancers tied it in the top of the eighth as Robert Bailey led off the inning with his first home run of the season.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Derek Bennion (r-Jr., RF, Snohomish, Wash.) walked with one out. The right fielder then stole second base and advanced to third on an overthrow of second by the Longwood catcher. Miller then hit a sharp single down the right field line to provide Liberty with the victory.
Flames' starter Dane Beakler (Fr., RHP, York, Pa.) went 2 2/3 innings in his first collegiate start, allowing three hits and two runs while walking two. Ryan Page (So., LHP, Cranberry Twp., Pa.) followed and picked up his first win of the season with 6 1/3 innings of relief. The lefthander allowed one run on five hits and struck out one. The Lancers' John Farrell took the loss in 1/3 inning of relief.
With the win, Liberty moves to 3-2 on the season, while Longwood drops to 3-4.
The Flames next travel up Route 460 to Farmville, Va. for a return match with the Lancers on Tuesday. First pitch at Lancer Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.