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Liberty Edged in Ninth at South Carolina

February 17, 2019  Columbia, S.C.  RSS
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Noah Skirrow

Noah Skirrow

Catcher Luke Berryhill scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the South Carolina Gamecocks a 3-2 win over the Liberty Flames, Sunday at Founders Park.

Liberty starting pitcher Noah Skirrow and South Carolina starting pitcher Reid Morgan locked in a pitcher's duel through the first six innings of contest.

Flames first baseman Logan Mathieu and designated hitter Drew Baughman were the only players in the contest with two hits in the contest.

Liberty drops to 1-2, while South Carolina moves to 2-1.

Box Score Highlights
Liberty (1-2); South Carolina (2-1)
Location: Columbia, S.C. (Founders Park)
Attendance: 6,010
WP: Brett Kerry (1-0) | LP: Garret Price (0-1)

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Baughman doubles, Mathieu scores, 1-0
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Wagner reaches on error, Baughman scores, 2-0
SC – 4th INNING – Hopkins homers, 2-1
SC – 5th INNING – Campbell grounds out, Eyster scores, 2-2
SC – 9th INNING – Berryhill scores on wild pitch, 3-2

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit South Carolina, 6-4. It was the first time this weekend that the Flames outhit the Gamecocks.

- Liberty right-hander Skirrow allowed two runs on three hits over the first six innings. The sophomore tied a career-high with nine strikeouts and walked one.

- South Carolina right-hander Morgan matched Skirrow over the first six innings. The junior gave up two runs on six hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

- Freshman designated hitter Drew Baughman had two hits and drove in the first run of his collegiate career with a double in the first inning.

- Gamecocks center fielder TJ Hopkins hit his second home run of the season.

Turning Point
Berryhill worked a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth and moved to third on a single by third baseman Jacob Olsen, moving the winning run to third with no outs.

Beyond the Box Score
- The Flames scored first for the first time in the three-game series on Sunday, plating two runs in the first inning. South Carolina had scored first in the first two games.

- Third baseman Tyler Galazin and second baseman Will Wagner each had at least one hit in every game of the three-game series.

- Skirrow has struck out nine batters in a game three times during his career. The right-hander did it twice last year as a freshman.

Up Next
The Flames will return to Lynchburg, Va., for their home opener on Tuesday. Liberty will welcome the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.