First baseman Logan Mathieu homered and shortstop Cam Locklear walked with the bases-loaded in the seventh inning, helping the Liberty Flames edged the Maine Black Bears 3-2 in game two of a doubleheader and complete the sweep of the twinbill, Saturday at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Garret Price pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings to even his record at 1-1 on the year.
Liberty, which won game one 7-0, moves to 7-3 on the year. Maine falls to 0-9.
Box Score Highlights Records: Maine (0-9); Liberty (7-3) Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Liberty Baseball Stadium) WP: Garret Price (1-1) | LP: Trevor DeLaite (0-1) Scoring Summary LIBERTY – 2nd INNING – Mathieu homers, 1-0 LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Wagner files out, Karraker scores, 2-0 MAINE - 4th INNING – Bramanti doubles, Casals scores, 2-1 MAINE – 4th INNING – Omohundro doubles, Bramanti scores, 2-2 LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Locklear walks, Embry scores, 3-2
Notable Numbers - Hits were at a premium in game two. Liberty outhit Maine, 4-3. No player on either team had more than one hit.
- Liberty drew seven walks in the contest, while Maine walked five times.
- Mathieu's home run was his first of the season. The first baseman is the only Flame to reach base in every Liberty game in 2019.
- Price allowed only one baserunner during his 3 1/3 innings of relief. He walked a batter to open the seventh inning.
Turning Point After stranding potential go-ahead runs at third base in the fourth and fifth inning, Liberty broke through to take the lead in the seventh. With the bases full and two outs, Locklear walked to force in catcher Jonathan Embry, who was hit by a pitch to open the frame, and give the Flames a 3-2 advantage.
Beyond the Box Score - Liberty remains unbeaten at Liberty Baseball Stadium (6-0) this season.
- The Flames have won six of their last seven contests.
- Mathieu, second baseman Will Wagner and third baseman Tyler Galazin had hits in each had hits in both ends of the doubleheader.
- Mathieu hit his first home run of the season in the second inning, while in the first game, catcher Embry hit his first home run of the season in the second inning.
- Liberty scored first in both games on Saturday and is now 5-2 when scoring first in a contest, this season.
- Embry threw out all three baserunners trying to steal in the doubleheader.
Up Next Liberty and Maine will wrap-up their three-game series, tomorrow at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch has been moved up an hour to noon.
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