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Linza Goes Distance in Game Two Win

March 27, 2010  Asheville, N.C.  RSS
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Doug Bream had three hits for the Flames in game two of a doubleheader, Saturday

Doug Bream had three hits for the Flames in game two of a doubleheader, Saturday

Liberty pitcher Keegan Linza went the distance, as the Flames downed the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, 7-3, Saturday afternoon in the second game of Big South doubleheader at Greenwood Field.

Liberty moves to 1-2 in conference play and 14-8 overall. UNC Asheville drops to 2-4 in Big South action and 7-13 overall.

With the win, Linza runs his record to a Big South-leading 5-0 on the year. The right-hander was efficient, allowing three runs, while scattering 12 hits. He struck out six batters and walked two.

The host Bulldogs struck for two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the early advantage. Shortstop Catlin Carter and second baseman Robert McIntosh led off the frame with back-to-back singles and Justin Schumer followed with a walk to load the bases. Two batters later, an infield single by catcher Ian Graham scored Carter for the first run of the contest. A wild pitch then allowed McIntosh to come home for a 2-0 advantage.

The Flames answered in the top of the second inning, scoring four runs on four hits. Catcher Jerry Neufang singled and left fielder Doug Bream walked to open the frame. After both runners moved into scoring position, shortstop Josh Richardson beat out an infield single to help score the first run of the uprising. Two batters later, center fielder Curran Redal lifted a sacrifice fly to bring home another run, knotting the score at 2-2.

Designated hitter Matt Williams followed with a RBI single, putting Liberty into the lead at 3-2. Third baseman Tyler Bream capped the frame with a run-producing single, making it, 4-2, Flames.

Liberty added a run in the third inning to extend its advantage. With one out, Doug Bream single and stole second base. The next batter, right fielder Casey Brown, cashed him with a double to the wall in center field, upping the Flames' advantage to 5-2.

In the eighth inning, Liberty added two insurance runs. Williams walked and Tyler Bream was hit by a pitch to open the frame. Both runners moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Nathan Thompson, and scored on a single by Doug Bream for a 7-2 lead.

UNC Asheville plated a round on a ground out in the bottom of the ninth, but could get no closer than four runs by the end of the game.

Schumer took the loss for the Bulldogs, dropping to 0-2. He gave up five runs on nine hits over five innings. He struck out two batters and walked two.

Doug Bream went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Second baseman P.J. Jimenez also was 3-for-4 for the Flames, scoring a run. Danny Baatz and Carter had three hits each for UNC Asheville.

Liberty returns home Tuesday for a non-conference contest against the George Mason Patriots. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m.