Liberty right-hander Carson Herndon pitched six scoreless innings, combining with three other pitchers to shut out the Presbyterian College Blue Hose, 8-0, Saturday afternoon at PC Baseball Complex.
Herndon retired the first 13 batters he faced, not allowing a Blue Hose batter to reach until a one-out single by left fielder Brad Martin in the fifth inning. The right-hander runs his record to 4-1 on the year, allowing two hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked two batters.
The right-hander combined with three other Liberty pitchers, who threw one scoreless inning a piece, for the second-straight Liberty shutout. Flames' right-hander Trey Lambert pitched a complete-game shutout in a 5-0 win over PC, yesterday.
Third baseman Dylan Allen went 3-for-3 and scored twice for the Flames. Second baseman Ryan Seiz had two hits, drove in three runs and hit his sixth home run of the season. First baseman Alex Close also hit his third home run of the year in the contest.
Liberty moves to 7-1 in Big South Conference play and 20-7 overall. The Flames have won six in a row and 14 of its last 15 games. Presbyterian College falls to 3-6 in conference and 10-17-1 overall.
Liberty used a two-run home run by Seiz in its opening at bat to jump out to an early advantage. With one out in the top of the first inning, right fielder Will Shepherd dropped a single into right field. Seiz followed by lining a 0-1 pitch over the right field wall for a 2-0 Flames' edge.
Liberty added a run in the fifth. Allen led off the inning with a single through the right side of the infield and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder Ashton Perritt. After moving to third on a ground out by left fielder Nick Lacik, Allen scored as Shepherd reached on an error to give the Flames a 3-0 lead.
Close gave Liberty a four-run advantage in the top of the sixth. With two outs and the bases empty, the first baseman lined a home run down the left field line to push the Flames' lead to 4-0.
After being held to just one base runner through the first five innings, Presbyterian College had its first two batters of the inning reach in the bottom of the sixth. Catcher Derek Long walked and third baseman Jay Lizanich doubled, putting two runners into scoring position to open the inning. Herndon retired the next batters and after walking a man to load the bases, striking out designated hitter Jacob Midkiff to end the inning.
The Flames upped their lead with three runs in the seventh. Allen led off the inning with a double off the right field fence and moved to third on a single back through the middle of the infield by Perritt. The next batter, Lacik, plated Allen with a bunt single for the first run of the inning. After Shepherd singled to load the bases, a wild pitch allowed Perritt to score and a ground out by designated hitter Becker Sankey plated Lacik for a 7-0 advantage.
In the ninth, Liberty added a run on a double by Seiz for the final score of 8-0.
PC starter Chandler Knox falls to 4-3 on the year. The Blue Hose right-hander gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings. He struck out one and did not walk a batter. Liberty collected 13 hits. PC had five hits in the game.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow in the final game of the three-game Big South Series at PC Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.