Ryan Page held George Washington to four hits in picking up his first collegiate shutout to lead the Liberty Flames to a 3-0 win over the Colonials, Saturday afternoon at Barcroft Park.
With its season-high sixth straight win, Liberty runs its mark to 13-3, while George Washington falls to 4-9 on the season. For the second straight year, the Flames have started the season, 13-3, which is the second best start in the program's history. The 1995 Liberty squad started the season 14-1.
Locked in a pitcher's duel through the first seven innings, the Flames broke the scoreless deadlock in the eighth. With two outs and two runners on, Chad Miller (Sr., 3B, Wheat Ridge, Colo.) doubled into the left field corner, plating both runners for a 2-0 advantage.
Liberty then added an extra run in the top of the ninth inning as Aaron Grijalva (r-So., 1B, Redlands, Calif.) walked, stole second and scored on a RBI single through the left side by next batter Phillip Laurent (Sr., LF, Cantrall, Ill.).
Page (So., LHP, Cranberry Twp., Pa.), who ran his season mark to 5-0, was outstanding on the afternoon, scattering four singles, while striking out four and walking one. No Colonial made it past second base on the afternoon against the reigning New Balance Big South Pitcher of the Week. Thanks to three double plays, the left-hander faced only one more batter (28) than the minimum. He also has won his last his last five appearances, two starts and three in relief, allowing only one run in 27 1/3 innings.
Right-hander Josh Wilkie took the loss for George Washington, evening his record at 2-2.
Laurent was perfect at the plate on the day for Liberty as the left-fielder was 4-for-4 with one RBI. Miller had the Flames other multiple-hit game with two hits including the two-run double in the eighth.
Liberty and George Washington will play the finale of their three-game weekend series tomorrow afternoon at Barcroft Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.