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Flames Jolt Jaspers, 8-4

March 19, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Shawn Teufel

Shawn Teufel

Behind a strong pitching performance by Shawn Teufel, the Liberty Flames defeated the Manhattan Jaspers, 8-4, Friday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.

With the win, Liberty moves to 12-4 on the year. Manhattan drops to 8-5.

Teufel (Sr., LHP, Tequesta, Fla.) held the Jaspers in check throughout the first seven innings of the contest, and runs his record to 4-0 on the season. The left-hander allowed one run and scattered five hits in the victory. He struck out five and walked three. The Jaspers scored their lone run against Teufel in the fourth inning, halting the left-hander's scoreless inning streak at 25.

The host Flames jumped on the scoreboard in the second inning with one swing of the bat. Designated hitter Austin Taylor (Jr., Thomasville, Ga.) lined his solo home run off the light post in left field, his first of the year, to give Liberty a 1-0 lead.

The Flames extended their advantage in the next at bat. Center fielder Curran Redal (Sr., Moses Lake, Wash.) led off the bottom of the third by ripping a liner into the right-center field gap for a double. After moving to third on ground out, the Liberty center fielder scored on a single by catcher Nathan Thompson (Sr., Stoneville, N.C.) for a 2-0 edge.

Manhattan halved their host's lead in the fourth. With one out, first baseman Austin Sheffield connected a solo home run, his first of the season, to make it, 2-1, Flames.

Liberty answered in the fifth with a run. Redal opened the frame with a single and moved to third on a single by third baseman Tyler Bream (So., Zelienople, Pa.). After the next batter popped out, Bream got in a rundown between first and second, when a pitch got in the dirt. The rundown allowed Redal to score from third, upping the Flames lead to 3-1.

In the sixth, Liberty broke the game open, sending 10 men to the plate. Left fielder Doug Bream (Jr., Elizabethtown, Pa.) and first baseman Trey Wimmer (So., Greenwood, S.C.) began the four-run uprising with back-to-back singles, putting Flames on the corners. Right fielder Casey Brown (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif.) followed with a sacrifice fly to bring home the first run of the inning, making it, 4-1, Flames.

After a single by shortstop Matt Williams (So., Franklin, Tenn.), moved Wimmer to third, second baseman P.J. Jimenez (Sr., Yucaipa, Calif.) beat out a bunt base hit to score the runner from third with the second run of the frame. Two batters later, Tyler Bream walked with the bases loaded to force in a run and Thompson followed with a RBI sacrifice fly for a 7-1 advantage.

Liberty added an insurance run in the seventh. Brown doubled to the warning track in center field and scored on a double by Williams.

The Jaspers plated three unearned runs in the ninth for the final score of 8-4.

Manhattan starter Eric Luksis takes the loss to fall to 1-3 on the season. The left-hander allowed six runs on nine hits, before being chased after 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Liberty's Williams had three hits, driving in a run and scoring one in the contest. Teammates Redal and Thompson added two hits apiece. Sheffield paced the Jaspers with three hits and two RBIs.

Manhattan and Liberty meet again tomorrow in the middle game of the three-game series between the two teams. Game time Saturday is 2 p.m.