Curran Redal rounds second base on a single by teammate Doug Bream, Friday. Redal had four hits and three RBIs in the Liberty victory.
Liberty's Curran Redal had four hits, including a home run, and pitcher Shawn Teufel went the distance in his second-straight start in an 11-2 victory over the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs in a Big South Conference contest Friday on Jeff Taylor Memorial Scholarship Night at Worthington Stadium.
Having won 10-straight Big South contests, Liberty ties its program record for most consecutive conference wins and now has a 13-3 Big South record. The mark matches the 2001 Flames for the longest conference winning streak.
In addition, Liberty moves to 30-12 overall, its third-straight year under head coach Jim Toman with 30 or more wins and the sixth consecutive season, a new program record. Before this run of 30-plus win seasons, the Flames had never had more than three-straight seasons with 30 or more wins.
With the loss, Gardner-Webb drops to 7-9 in conference and 20-21 overall.
Before the game, the inaugural Jeffrey Owen Taylor Memorial Scholarship Night was held. The night honored the late Liberty University athletic training professor, athletic trainer and avid baseball fan, who died tragically in an accident last April. Besides the awarding of the first scholarship to a Liberty athletic training student, funds were raised towards next year's scholarship. (A photo gallery from the night is available by clicking the photo gallery icon at the top of the page.)
Before a crowd of 2,115, Liberty jumped on the scoreboard with four runs in the third. With one out, Redal and first baseman Doug Bream singled. After the next batter was retired, designated hitter Justin Richardson lined a double into the right field corner, plating Redal with the first run of the game. Shortstop Matt Williams followed with a two-run single, quickly making 3-0, Flames. Williams then stole second base and scored on a single through the right side of the infield by second baseman P.J. Jimenez, giving Liberty a 4-0 advantage.
Liberty upped its lead in its next at bat. Left fielder Kenneth Negron got things started in the fourth with a one-out double to the wall in center field. After advancing to third on a ground out, Negron stole home to make it, 5-0. Doug Bream reached on catcher's interference and score on a double by third baseman Tyler Bream for the second run of the frame. Richardson followed with his second RBI single of the night, chasing home Tyler Bream for a 7-0 lead.
In the fifth, the Flames made it three-straight run-scoring innings. With one out, catcher Nathan Thompson singled to left field and came around to score on a double by right fielder Michael Robertson. Negron then singled, and was aboard when Redal ripped his third home run of the year over the right-center field wall, giving Liberty a 10-0 advantage.
The Flames added a single run in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Redal.
Meanwhile, Liberty starter Teufel held the Bulldog bats at bay throughout the first seven innings. The left hander held Gardner-Webb scoreless on two hits through seven, until the Bulldogs broke up the shutout with two runs in the eighth.
Pinch hitter Benji Jackson provided a one-out single to plate the first Gardner-Webb run, and second baseman Daniel Merck followed with a RBI single for the final 11-2 score. Teufel pitched a perfect ninth to record his third complete game of the season. The senior allowed the two runs on five hits, striking out eight and walking one in the contest. Teufel pitched a complete-game shutout in his last outing last Saturday at Presbyterian.
Bulldog starter Connor Scarborough takes the loss to fall to 1-5. He was roughed up for 10 runs on 14 hits over five innings.
Besides Redal, who had three RBIs, Williams and Negron each had three hits for Liberty, as all nine batters in the starting line-up had at least one hit. Merck had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Gardner-Webb and Liberty will meet again tomorrow in the middle game of their three-game Big South series tomorrow afternoon at Worthington Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m.