Jared Lyons went the distance for the second straight outing in 4-1 Liberty win, Saturday.
Jared Lyons pitched his second-straight complete game, as the Liberty Flames defeated the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 4-1, Saturday afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
The reigning Big South Pitcher of the Week after throwing a three-hit shutout at Radford last Sunday, Lyons held the visiting Blue Hose scoreless through the first eight innings, en route to going the distance for the second straight outing. The senior left-hander did not allow a run for 24 consecutive innings until Presbyterian scored in the ninth.
Lyons moves to 4-0 on the year. He gave up one run on six hits. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter for the second straight contest.
For the second consecutive day, catcher Becker Sankey hit a home run. Lyons' battery mate leads the Flames with six round trippers.
Liberty right fielder Will Shepherd also collected two hits, driving in two runs and scoring one in the contest.
The Flames move to 3-2 in Big South play and 16-10 overall. Liberty has taken the first two games of the three-game conference series. The Flames won 9-5, Friday evening. Presbyterian drops to 1-4 in conference action and 16-11 overall.
Lyons and Presbyterian starting pitcher David Sauter locked in a pitchers' duel for most of the afternoon.
In the third inning, the Flames took a 1-0 advantage, striking for a two-out run. Center fielder Ashton Perritt kept the home half of the third alive by beating out an infield single. After Perritt stole second and moved to third on an errant throw by Blue Hose catcher Rob Koski, Shepherd lined a triple into the right field gap to plate the game's first run and give Liberty the 1-0 edge.
Sankey added to the Liberty lead in the seventh. Opening the bottom half of the inning, the catcher homered into the right field bullpen to give the Flames a 2-0 advantage.
Liberty added two additional runs in the eighth. With one out, Perritt walked and stole second. Shepherd followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 lead. First baseman Alex Close then double to plate Shepherd for a 4-0 advantage.
In the ninth, Presbyterian spoiled Lyons' shutout bid with a run. After Lyons had retired 13 consecutive batters, Blue Hose second baseman Glen Casaceli led off the inning with a single. Casaceli later scored on a wild pitch for the final score of 4-1.
Sauer drops to 3-2 on the year. The Presbyterian left-hander allowed four runs on six hits over 7 1/3-plus innings. He struck out five and walked two.
Liberty outhit Presbyterian, 7-6.
The Flames and Blue Hose will meet again in the series finale, tomorrow afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.