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Flames Down Herd Behind Yacyk's 4 RBI

February 27, 2016  Myrtle Beach, S.C.  RSS
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Andrew Yacyk had four RBI in Liberty's 7-3 win over Marshall, Saturday.

Andrew Yacyk had four RBI in Liberty's 7-3 win over Marshall, Saturday.

Left fielder Andrew Yacyk drove in four runs with three hits, leading the Liberty Flames to a 7-3 victory over the Marshall Thundering Herd, Saturday afternoon at Pelicans Ballpark in the Baseball at the Beach Tournament.

Yacyk collects three hits in a contest for the second time, this season. The left fielder opened the year with three hits at South Florida in the Flames' 2016 season opener, Feb. 19. He had his third double of the season, and now leads Liberty this season with 11 RBI.

Right fielder Will Shepherd also had three hits for the Flames. He doubled and scored a run in the contest.

With the victory, Liberty goes 2-0 on the day and 3-0 at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament. Earlier in the day, the Flames defeated the Duke Blue Devils, 1-0. Liberty, winners of four straight, improve to 5-2. Marshall drops to 1-5. The Flames edged the Thundering Herd, 9-8, in the first game of the Baseball at the Beach Tournament on Friday.

Liberty jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its opening at bat. Center fielder D.J. Artis and third baseman Dylan Allen walked to open the contest. Right fielder Will Shepherd then singled to load the bases. Yacyk followed by dropping a single into right field, allowing Artis and Allen for a two-run lead.

Marshall cut into the Flames' advantage with a run in the bottom of the third, benefitting from a Liberty fielding error. Left fielder DJ Gee reached on a fielding error by Flames' shortstop Dalton Britt and stole second with one out. Two batters later, right fielder Cory Garrastazu plated Gee with a two-out single, trimming the Liberty edge to 2-1.

The Thundering Herd tied the contest in the fourth. Shortstop Leo Valenti walked with one out and stole second base. Two batters later, catcher Sam Finfer lined a RBI single into right field, knotting the score at 2-2.

The Flames went back in front on the scoreboard in the fifth. Allen drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a double off the bottom of the left field wall by Shepherd. Yacyk followed by lining a two-run double into the left field corner to give Liberty a 4-2 lead. The next batter, Andrew Kowalo, singled to score Yacyk to make it, 5-2. Second baseman Eric Grabowski then lifted a RBI sacrifice fly for a 6-2 advantage.

Marshall pushed a run across in the bottom of the seventh. Finfer was hit by a pitch to open the inning and advanced to third on a double by third baseman Tyler Ratliff. First baseman Tommy Lane then walked to load the bases with one out. After Garrastazu struck out, second baseman Aaron Bossi lifted a sacrifice fly to score Finfer, cutting the Liberty advantage to 6-3.

In the top of the eighth, the Flames pushed across a run to extend its lead back to four. Second baseman Eric Grabowski singled to lead off the inning. Three batters later, Artis singled to advance Grabowski to second. The Liberty second baseman then moved to third, when Thundering Herd right fielder Garrastazu misplayed Artis's single. A wild pitch allowed Grabowski to score for what proved to be the final score of 7-3.

Right-hander Carson Herndon moves to 1-0. The senior, who is coming back from injury, recorded his first decision since April 5, 2014. Taking over for starting pitcher Parker Bean in the fourth, Herndon allowed one run on four hits over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two batters.

Marshall starter Parker Danciu falls to 0-1. He gave up six runs on eight hits. He struck out one and walked four over 5 2/3 innings.

Liberty outhit Marshall, 11-7. The Flamee.s  committed four errors, while the Herd made on

The Flames finish their games at the Baseball at the Beach Tournament, Sunday. Liberty will play the Ohio State Buckeyes at Pelicans Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.