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Flames Fall in Ninth Inning in Game One

March 27, 2010  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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Nathan Thompson had two hits for the Flames in game one of a doubleheader, Saturday.

Nathan Thompson had two hits for the Flames in game one of a doubleheader, Saturday.

Locked in a pitcher's duel, Jason Schumer hit a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth, pushing the UNC Asheville Bulldogs past the Liberty Flames, 2-1, in the first game of a Big South Conference doubleheader, Saturday afternoon, at Greenwood Field.

With the loss, Liberty drops to 0-2 in Big South play and 13-8 overall. UNC Asheville moves to 2-3 in conference action and 7-12 overall.

The Flames jumped into the lead with a run on three hits during their first at bat of the twinbill. Center fielder Curran Redal singled and moved to second base on a one-out single by third baseman Tyler Bream. Catcher Nathan Thompson followed with a RBI single, to give Liberty a 1-0 advantage.

The score remained the same until the home half of the fifth inning, when UNC Asheville turned their first hit of the game into a run. With one out, designated hitter Mike Vaughn doubled past the first base bag, the Bulldogs' first hit. After advancing to third on a ground out, Vaughn scored on a two-out single by left fielder Beau Zinman, tying the game at 1-1.

The contest went four more innings before the scoreboard saw any changes. In the ninth, Schumer hit a 1-0 pitch inside the right field foul pole to give UNC Asheville the 2-1win.

Liberty's Steven Evans takes the loss to fall to 3-1 on the season. He gave up two runs on four hits in eight-plus innings of work. The left-hander struck out five and walked three batters.

Ryan Dull picks up the win to move to 3-0 on the year. He allowed one run on six hits, going the distance for the Bulldogs. He struck out four batters.

Thompson had two hits for the Flames. Schumer had two hits for the Bulldogs.

The Flames and Bulldogs will wrap up their three-game series with the second game of the doubleheader this afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.