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Five-Run Eighth Pushes Flames Past Red Storm

March 13, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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First baseman Trey Wimmer had three hits, one a home run, and drove in five runs, Saturday.

First baseman Trey Wimmer had three hits, one a home run, and drove in five runs, Saturday.

With the scored tied the Liberty Flames plated five runs in the eighth inning for a wild, 14-9 victory, Saturday at Worthington Stadium.

Liberty moves to 11-1 on the season. St. John's drops to 7-5. The Flames have taken the first two games of the three-game weekend series.

After tying the game with four runs in the seventh inning, Liberty not only took the lead in the eighth, but broke the contest open with five runs in the eighth frame. Second baseman P.J. Jimenez (Sr., Yucaipa, Calif.) singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Curran Redal (Sr., Moses Lake, Wash.). Third baseman Tyler Bream (Sr., Zelienople, Pa.) followed by lining a double in the right-center field gap to give Liberty a 10-9 lead. Next batter, catcher Nathan Thompson (Sr., Stonevillel, N.C.), who entered the game in the top of the inning, ripped a double off the left-center field wall to quickly extend the Flames' advantage to 11-9.

Three batters later with two men on, first baseman Trey Wimmer (So., Greenwood, S.C.) connected for his first home run of the season, a blast over the left field wall, giving Liberty its final margin of victory, 14-9.

For the second consecutive game, the Flames staked themselves to a lead in the first inning. With two men aboard and one out, Tyler Bream singled to left field, scoring both runs to put Liberty in front, 2-0.

The Flames upped their advantage in the second. Wimmer reached with one out on a fielding error by Red Storm shortstop Joe Panik and advanced to third on a double by left fielder Kenneth Negron (Sr., Kingwood, Texas). Shortstop Josh Richardson (Fr., Chesapeake, Va.) then cashed in Wimmer with a sacrifice fly to make it, 3-0.

Liberty added a single run in the fifth. Negron walked, stole second and moved to third on an infield hit by Jimenez. Redal plated the run with a squeeze bunt, giving the Flames a 4-0 cushion.

The two teams exchanged runs in the sixth. The Red Storm scored its first run of the contest on a RBI single by right fielder Jimmy Parque in the top of the frame. In the bottom of the inning, Wimmer singled home a run.

In the top of the seventh, St. John's erased its deficit and took a four run lead, with eight runs on five hits and three Liberty errors. All eight Red Storm runs were unearned and came with two outs.

Center fielder Jimmy Brennan walked with the bases loaded to force home the first run of the frame. Second baseman Sean O'Hare followed with a two-run single, trimming Liberty's advantage to 5-4. The next batter, Parque, tied the game with a RBI single, and St. John's took its first lead of the weekend series at 6-5, when O'Hare scored on the second of three fielding errors by the Flames.

Panik followed with a two-run double and moved to third base on a play at home plate. In an attempt to get the shortstop advancing to third, the throw by catcher Jerry Neufang (Jr., Stafford, Va.) sailed past third baseman Tyler Bream, allowing Panik to plate the final run of the Red Storm in the seventh, and give St. John's a 9-5 edge.

Liberty quickly countered in the bottom of the wild frame, knotting the contest for the second time. After Jimenez opened the inning with a single, Redal lined his first home run of the year into the right field bullpen, quickly cutting the Red Storm lead to 9-7. With Tyler Bream, who had been hit by a pitch and pinch hitter Jeff Jefferson (Jr., Danville, Va.), who had walked, on base, pinch hitter Doug Bream (Jr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) singled up the middle to score a run to put the Flames within one at 9-8. Wimmer followed with a RBI single to tie the game at 9-9, setting up the Liberty eighth.

Chris Roach (Jr., LHP, Andover, N.J.), the last of four pitchers in the contest for the Flames, picks up his first win in a Liberty uniform and runs his mark to 1-0 on the year. The left-hander came on in the eighth inning with runners at the corners and one out, and ended the threat by getting the next batter to ground into a double play. He pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit.

Red Storm reliever Stephen Rivera takes the loss, evening his record to 1-1 on the season. He gave up one run on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.

Jimenez led all hitters in the contest with four hits and scored three times, while fellow Flame Wimmer had three hits and drove in five runs. Tyler Bream also had two hits for the Flames, who had 13 hits in the contest.

Five St. John's hitters each had two hits each. The Red Storm also had 13 hits in the game.

St. John's and Liberty will meet in the final game of their weekend series tomorrow afternoon at Worthington Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.