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Liberty Takes Game 1 Runfest, 14-10

February 18, 2018  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Dylan Allen rounds third after hitting his first career home run. The first baseman went 2-for-2 with three walks, three RBI and four runs scored in game one, Sunday.

Dylan Allen rounds third after hitting his first career home run. The first baseman went 2-for-2 with three walks, three RBI and four runs scored in game one, Sunday.

The Liberty Flames overcame an early five-run deficit and later, erased another, for a come-from-behind 14-10 win over the VCU Rams in game one of a doubleheader, Sunday at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

The Flames erased an 8-3 Rams' lead by plating five runs in the fifth. Later in the seventh with VCU holding a 10-9 advantage, Liberty center fielder D.J. Artis gave the Flames the lead for good with two-out, bases-loaded double into the left field corner, emptying the bases for a 12-10 lead. Head Coach Scott Jackson's team added two more in the eighth and reliever Garret Price struck out six out of the seven batters over the final two innings to close out the victory.

Liberty moves to 2-0 on the year. VCU drops to 0-2.

For the second straight game, the Flames jumped out to a lead thanks to a home run. After second baseman Trey McDyre and catcher Jonathan Embry drew one-out walks, first baseman Dylan Allen belted the first home run of his career over the right field wall for a 3-0 host lead.

However, the lead was short-lived as a Liberty miscue opened the door for a five-run second inning for the Rams. With the bases loaded and two outs, Liberty pitcher Jackson Bertsch struck out left fielder Hogan Brown, but the ball got away from Jonathan Embry. The Flames' catcher throw to get Brown at first was high and sailed down the right field line, allowing all three runners to score, knotting the game at 3-3.

After first baseman Scott Carpenter walked, a fly ball by second baseman Daane Berezo was lost in the sun by Artis and dropped in for a double, scoring both runners for a 5-3 VCU edge.

The Rams added to their advantage with two runs in the third and one in the fourth. In the third, a two-out single by catcher Josh Simon plated two runs, upping the VCU lead to 7-3. In the fourth, a single by third baseman Paul Witt scored Carpenter, who led off the inning with a double, for an 8-3 advantage.

Liberty sent 11 men to the plate in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits. Shortstop Cam Locklear and Artis singled, while McDyre walked to open the bottom of the fifth. Embry followed with a two-run single, cutting the Rams' edge to 8-5. Later in the inning with two out, left fielder Tre Todd knocked in a run with a single and third baseman Tyler Galazin ripped a double past the third base bag and into the left field corner, scoring two more runs to tie the contest at 8-8.

After VCU pushed two across in the sixth to take a 10-8 edge, the Flames struck for four in the seventh to take the lead for good in the home half of the seventh. With Allen, who scored four times in the contest, and Todd on the corners with two out after drawing walks, Galazin, who ended up with three RBI in the contest, dropped an RBI single into center to bring Liberty to within one at 10-9. Locklear then walked to load the bases for Artis, who lined a two-strike, opposite field double off the bottom of the left field wall, clearing the bases and giving the Flames a 12-10 lead.

In the eighth, Liberty added two insurance runs with two out. Right fielder Brandon Rohrer lined a two-run single through the left side of the infield to give the Flames what proved to be the winning score of 14-10.

Freshman right-hander Logan Barker (1-0) recorded his first collegiate win, allowing two runs on two hits over two innings of relief for Liberty. He struck out one and walked three. Price earns his second save in as many games with his effort in the final two innings.

VCU right-hander Michael Dailey drops to 1-0. He gave up five runs on three hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked four. Rams' pitchers combined to walk 12 Liberty batters in the contest.

Each team collected 10 hits. Liberty made the lone error of the contest.