Flames catcher Jonathan Embry belted a two-run home run and Mason Meyer and Evan Brabrand combined to shut down the visiting Tar Heels, as Liberty defeated No. 8-ranked North Carolina 2-0, Tuesday afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Embry ripped a two-out home run, his second of the season, over the right field wall in the bottom of the fifth with center fielder Jaylen Guy aboard to plate the contest's only runs.
Meyer, 3-2, pitched six scoreless innings, scattering five hits. The left-hander worked out of a no-out bases-loaded jam in the third.
Brabrand came on in the seventh inning and finished the contest to earn his sixth save. The right-hander gave up two hits over the final three innings. He struck out a pinch hitter representing the tying run in the ninth.
Liberty improves 15-5 on the year. The Flames have won four out of their last five. North Carolina drops to 16-6 overall.
Box Score Highlights Records: North Carolina (16-6); Liberty (15-5) Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Liberty Baseball Stadium) Attendance: 1,606 WP: Mason Meyer (3-2) | LP: Connor Ollio (1-1) | SV: Brabrand (6)
Scoring Summary LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Embry homers, Guy scores, 2-0
Notable Numbers - North Carolina outhit Liberty, 7-2. The Tar Heels committed the game's only error.
- The Flames record their fourth shutout of the season, while the Tar Heels were shut out for the first time in 2019.
- Meyer and Brabrand stranded nine Tar Heel baserunners, including runners on third in the third and the eighth innings.
- Both Liberty hits came in the fifth inning. Guy led off the inning with a single and was on board when Embry homered.
- North Carolina shortstop Ike Freeman had two hits, the only hitter in the game with more than one hit.
Turning Point After North Carolina opened the top of the third inning with three straight singles, Meyer was able to get out of the frame without allowing a run. The left-hander induced a shallow fly ball to left for the first out of the inning, before getting Freeman to bounce into a double play to end the inning.
Beyond the Box Score - Liberty defeats an opponent ranked in the national top 10 for the first time since 2017. The Flames last did that when they downed North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.
- Liberty moves to 12-1 at Liberty Baseball Stadium, this season. The Flames have posted a 4-1 mark through five games of their current eight game homestand, their longest of the season.
- First baseman Logan Mathieu, the reigning ASUN Player of the Week, walked in the contest, extending his reaching base safely streak to 19 games.
- Embry has at least one hit in each of his last seven games and has collected an extra base hit in each of his last five. The redshirt junior has also reached base in each of his last 15 games.
- Brabrand has yet to allow a run over 19 innings in nine appearances.
Up Next Liberty will host its first-ever ASUN series, beginning Friday evening. The Flames will welcome the NJIT Highlanders for the three-game weekend series at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch for Friday's opener is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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