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Roy's Strong Outing Lifts Flames to 4-0 Win
Liberty right-hander Brooks Roy pitched eight scoreless innings, propelling the Flames to a 4-0 win over the Siena Saints, Saturday afternoon in the Liberty Invitational at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Roy handcuffed the Saints over the first eight innings, running his record to 2-0 on the year. The senior scattered six hits, striking out five and walking one batter. He did not allow a runner past second base.
With the win, Liberty runs its winning streak to six, upping its record to 7-2 on the season. Siena, who won 10-2 over Army earlier in the day at the Liberty Invitational, falls to 2-6 on the year.
The Flames jumped out to a 1-0 advantage in the bottom of the first inning. With one out, center fielder Ryan Cordell ripped a single down the left field line. Second baseman Bryan Aanderud followed with a double into the left-center field gap, scoring Cordell with the first run of the contest.
Liberty extended its advantage with a run in the third. Left fielder Nick Lacik singled to open the inning and immediately stole second. Three batters later, Aanderud lined a two-out single into right field to plate Lacik for a 2-0 edge.
In the sixth, the Flames capped the scoring on the afternoon. With one out, shortstop Dalton Britt walked and advanced to third on a single by designated hitter Justin Sizemore. A fielder's choice by third baseman Sammy Taormina brought home Britt with the first Liberty run of the inning. First baseman Alex Close then singled and Lacik walked to load the bases. After a Saints pitching change, center fielder Nick Paxton was hit by a pitch to force in a run for what turned out to be the final score of 4-0.
Reliever Ashton Perritt retired Siena in order to close out the Flames' victory.
Saint starter Justin Brantley falls to 0-3 on the year. The right-hander gave up four runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two batters.
Liberty outhit Siena, 8-6. Aanderud and Lacik had two hits each for the Flames.
Saints first baseman Vincent Citro went 4-for-4 in the contest.
Liberty will close out the Liberty Invitational tomorrow with two games at the Liberty Baseball Stadium. The Flames will host Siena at Noon, followed by a game against Army at 3 p.m.