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St. John's Defeats No. 24 Liberty at LeClair Classic, 4-1

February 21, 2015  Greenville, N.C.  RSS
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Ashton Perritt tripled and scored against St. John's, Saturday afternooon.

Ashton Perritt tripled and scored against St. John's, Saturday afternooon.

The St. John's Red Storm broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the fifth inning, en route to a win over the No. 24 Liberty Flames, 4-1, in the Game 2 of the Keith LeClair Classic, Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Flames drop to 2-2 on the season, while the Red Storm even their record at 2-2.

Liberty was designated the "home" team on the scoreboard in the neutral site game. It was the first time that the Flames have batted last in a contest this season.

After each team left runners in scoring position in the second, the Flames plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the third. Center fielder Ashton Perritt opened the inning lining a triple into the right-center field gap. Two batters later, first baseman Alex Close grounded into a double play, bringing home Perritt for a 1-0 edge.

St. John's tied the contest in the top of the fourth. Left fielder Michael Donadio led off the inning with a walk and later, moved to second on a balk by Liberty starter Jared Lyons. After the next batter pop out, designated hitter Zach Lauricella scored Donadio with a two-out single to knot the contest at 1-1.

The Red Storm added to their advantage with a two runs in the fifth. With one out, second baseman Ty Blankmeyer double down the right field line. Two batters later, third baseman Bret Dennis doubled down the left field line, plating Blankmeyer with the first run of the inning. Donadio followed with a RBI single to give St. John's a 3-1 lead.

St. John's added an insurance run in the eighth. The Red Storm loaded the bases with no outs to open the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Matt Harris.

Lyons allowed one run on three hits over the first four innings. He struck out five and walked two batters. Michael Stafford followed and drops to 1-1 on the year. In two innings, the left-hander gave up two runs on three hits. He struck out one and walked one batter.

St. John's starting pitcher Ryan McCormick evens his record at 1-1. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked two batters.

St. John's collected eight hits in the contest, while Liberty had seven. No Liberty player had more than one hit in the contest.

The Flames next take on the UNCG Spartans at the LeClair Classic, this evening.  First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.