Despite a strong eight-plus innings from starter Brooks Roy, the Liberty Flames could not overcome the pitching performance by Longwood right-hander Brandon Vick, falling to the Lancers, 6-2, in game one of a Big South doubleheader at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Roy pitched eight-plus innings, allowing six runs on seven hits to fall to 3-3. The right-hander only allowed runs in the fourth inning, before being reached for more runs in the ninth by the Lancers. He struck out a career-high seven batters and walked two.
Vick retired the first 15 Liberty batters to face him on his way to upping his record to 2-3 on the year. The left-hander gave up two runs on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. Aaron Meyers took over with two outs in the seventh and pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to record his fifth save of the year.
Liberty falls to 5-3 in the Big South and 16-11 overall. Longwood moves to 4-4 in the conference and 12-15 overall.
After a scoreless first two innings, the Lancers jumped into the lead with four runs. With one out, catcher Kenny Cassidy singled and scored on right fielder Brandon Delk's third home run of the year. Center fielder Colton Konvicka followed with a single and stole second. After an intentional walk to third baseman Alex Owens with two outs, first baseman Scott Burkett doubled into the left-center field gap, plating both runners for a 4-0 advantage.
Vick held the Flames in check until the sixth inning. Third baseman Jake Kimble opened the frame with a single. After moving to second and third base on ground outs by the next two batters, left fielder Ashton Perritt punched a single into right field to bring home Liberty's first run of the contest and make it, 4-1 Longwood.
Liberty sliced into its deficit again in the seventh, striking for a two-out run. Designated hitter Justin Sizemore lined a double into the right-center field gap and first baseman Danny Grauer followed with a run-producing single to cut the Lancer advantage to 4-2.
Longwood added two insurance runs in the ninth. Burkett and second baseman Matt Dickason led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a Liberty pitching change, pinch hitter Justin Lacy lined a two-out triple off the right field wall, scoring both runners for the final score of 6-2.
Liberty managed four hits in the contest. No Flame had more than one. Liberty catcher Trey Wimmer saw his career-high 14-game hit streak come to an end in the contest.
Longwood collected eight hits in the game. Burkett and Cassidy each had two apiece for the Lancers.