Ryan Cordell was one of two Flames who hit a grand slam, Wednesday.
Catcher Trey Wimmer and center fielder Ryan Cordell each hit grand slams, as the Liberty Flames powered past the East Carolina Pirates, 14-4, Wednesday evening at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
With the base loaded and one out in the fourth inning, Wimmer connected for his first home run of the season, giving the Flames a 7-0 lead at the time. The blast was the first grand slam of the Liberty catcher's career.
Wimmer continues his hot hitting after being named the Big South Player of the Week on Monday. Last week, the catcher hit .667 with five extra base hits against Penn State in Liberty's home-opening series at the new Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Cordell hit his first Liberty grand slam to cap a seven-run eighth inning. The round tripper was his first of the year.
Liberty second baseman Bryan Aanderud went 3-for-4 for the Flames with two RBIs and two runs scored. Flames third baseman Dalton Sype was also 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
With its fifth straight win, Liberty moves to 5-2 on the season. The loss drops East Carolina to 3-4 on the year.
Liberty struck for a run in its first at bat of the contest. Right fielder Nick Paxton drew a walk to open the game and advanced to third base on a single by Cordell. Paxton then scored on a sacrifice fly by Aanderud for a 1-0 advantage.
In the fourth inning, each team sent all nine players to the plate. After stranding runners at third base in the second and third innings, Liberty plated six runs in the top of the fourth, highlighted by Wimmer's slam.
With one out, Sype singled. Paxton and Cordell then drew back-to-back walks, loading the bases. The next batter, Aanderud, walked to force in the first run of the frame. Designated hitter Justin Sizemore became the fourth consecutive batter to receive a base on balls, pushing across another run for a 3-0 Liberty lead.
Wimmer followed by hammering a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall to clear the bases and give the Flames a 7-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pirate second baseman Bryan Bass singled to begin the frame and shortstop Jack Reinheimer followed with a single. Two batters later, first baseman Chase McDonald singled to left field to plate Bass for the first East Carolina run of the game. Later in the inning, center fielder Ben Fultz drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs to force in run, cutting the Liberty lead to five, 7-2.
The Flames put the game out of reach with seven runs in the eighth inning. Cordell provided the big hit in the inning, a grand slam.
After the first two batters of the frame walked, shortstop Dalton Britt, playing in front of his hometown crowd, sent a one-out single through the left side of the infield to plate a run, upping Liberty's lead to 8-2. Three batters later, Sype brought home two more runs with a two-out single for a 10-2 advantage. Cordell then lined his bases-loaded home run over the left field for a 14-2 score.
East Carolina scored two runs in the ninth inning for the final score of 14-4.
Liberty starter Willi Martin pitched three scoreless, no-hit, innings to open the contest, facing the minimum nine batters. He records his first collegiate win on a staff day for the Flames, running his record to 1-0 on the year. The right-hander, the first of six Liberty pitchers in the contest, allowed two runs on two hits over three-plus innings of work.
The Flames got a strong relief effort from right-hander Matt Marsh, the fourth Liberty pitcher to take the mound. Marsh pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, while striking out five and walking one batter.
East Carolina starter Brett Mabry takes the loss to drop to 0-1 on the season. The right-hander gave up one run on one hit during one inning of work. He was the first of 10 Pirate pitchers in the contest.
Liberty outhit East Carolina in the contest, 14-8.
Liberty returns home this weekend to host the Liberty Invitational Tournament. The Flames will host the Army Black Knights at Liberty Baseball Stadium, Friday. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.