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Wimmer Keys 9-7 Liberty Victory

March 30, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty first baseman Trey Wimmer had three doubles and drove in five runs, Tuesday.

Liberty first baseman Trey Wimmer had three doubles and drove in five runs, Tuesday.

Liberty first baseman Trey Wimmer drove in five runs with three doubles, propelling the Flames past the George Mason Patriots, 9-7, Tuesday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.

With the win in the nonconference contest, Liberty moves to 15-8 on the year. George Mason falls to 12-8.

For the 14th time in their 15 victories this season, the Flames got on the scoreboard first, plating three runs on five hits in the second inning. With one out, right fielder Michael Robertson and P.J. Jimenez each singled. Wimmer followed by lining his first two-base hit of the afternoon off the left-center field wall, cashing in both runners for a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, left fielder Austin Taylor singled back through the middle to score Wimmer, and give Liberty a 3-0 advantage.

In the top of the third, George Mason got on the scoreboard. A sacrifice fly by shortstop Ryan Soares brought home catcher Chris Hendricks, who had opened the inning with a single, with the first Patriot run of the contest.

The Flames answered in the bottom of the inning, extending their advantage with two runs. With one out, designated hitter Matt Williams and Robertson reached on back-to-back singles. The next batter, second baseman P.J. Jimenez, drove in Williams with the third-straight single of the inning to make it, 4-1. After Wimmer walked to load the bases, shortstop Josh Richardson lifted a sacrifice fly to plate Robertson for a 5-1 advantage.

The Patriots erased their host's edge in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, center fielder Jeremy Haas singled to right field to score a run, and when the ball got past Liberty's Robertson, two more George Mason runners came home, cutting the Flames' lead to 5-4. Second baseman Brig Tison followed with a single back through the middle of the infield to plate Haas, knotting the game at 5-5.

Liberty went back in front for good in the fifth inning. Jimenez walked and came around to score on a double to the bottom of the right-center field wall by Wimmer. After Richardson moved Wimmer to third with a sacrifice bunt, Redal brought home the first baseman with a RBI ground out for 7-5 advantage.

The Flames added two runs in the seventh. Robertson lined a double into the right field corner and Jimenez walked to open the inning. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch, Wimmer belted his third two-base hit in the contest off the top of the wall in left-center field to score both runners, and give Liberty a 9-5 lead.

Held in check by reliever Dane Beakler since the right-hander came on in the fourth inning, George Mason broke through against the senior in the eighth for a run. Right fielder Dan Schafferman led off the top of the inning with a single, and moved to third on a double by Haas. Two batters later, Soares lifted a RBI sacrifice fly, closing the Patriots' gap to three at 9-6, Flames.

In the ninth, George Mason loaded the bases with two outs, and scored a run when Haas was hit by a pitch. J.J. McLeod was summoned from the Liberty bullpen and induced Tison to ground right back to him for the final out of the contest, sealing a 9-7 victory for the Flames.

Beakler, the second Liberty pitcher of the contest, picks up the win, evening his record at 1-1 on the year. The reliever yielded one run, while scattering seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

McLeod entered the contest with two outs and retired the one batter he faced with the bases full for his third save of the season.

Branden Bartlett takes the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. The right-hander, the second of three Patriot pitchers in the contest, gave up four runs on three hits over 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and did not strike out a batter.

Besides his three doubles and five RBIs, Wimmer was 3-for-3 with a walk and also scored two runs in the contest. Robertson also had three hits for the Flames and scored three times. Jimenez went 2-for-2 with two walks and also scored three runs.

First baseman Dan Palumbo had three hits for George Mason.

Liberty goes on the road tomorrow to square off in Richmond, Va., with the VCU Rams. Game time at the Diamond is scheduled for 6 p.m.