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Liberty Dumps NJIT 8-1

March 24, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Joseph Adametz moved to 3-1 on the season, Sunday.

Joseph Adametz moved to 3-1 on the season, Sunday.

A stellar outing by left-hander Joseph Adametz propelled the Liberty Flames past the NJIT Highlanders 8-1, Sunday afternoon at Liberty Baseball Stadium. With the victory, Liberty takes it's first-ever ASUN Conference series, 2-1.

Adametz, 3-1, allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3-plus innings. The freshman struck out five and walked one batter.

Right fielder Brandon Rohrer and Jonathan Embry led the Flames with two hits apiece. Rohrer also had two RBI and scored two runs.

Liberty moves to 2-1 in ASUN play and 17-6 overall. NJIT drops to 1-2 in conference action and 8-9-1 overall.

Box Score Highlights
NJIT (8-9-1, 1-2 ASUN); Liberty (17-6, 2-1 ASUN)
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Liberty Baseball Stadium)
Attendance: 1,255
WP: Joseph Adametz (3-1) | LP: Sean Lubreski (2-4)

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Galazin doubles, Embry scores, 1-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Mathieu ground out, Wagner scores, 2-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Rohrer singles, Galazin scores, 3-0
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Betts flies out, Rohrer scores, 4-0
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Rohrer walks, Wagner scores, 5-0
NJIT – 7th INNING – Franzoni homers, 5-1
LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Embry singles, Betts scores, 6-1
LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Galazin flies out, Baughman scores, 7-1
LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Heid bunt single, Rohrer scores, 8-1

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit NJIT, 10-7. Each team committed an error.

- The Flames were 4-for-6 with runners on third base and less than one out.

- Adametz did not allow a run through the first six innings. The left-hander set a career high with five strikeouts.

- Rohrer also walked twice in the contest, reaching base in four out of his five plate appearances.

- Second baseman Will Wagner doubled and walked three times in the contest, scoring twice.

- Flames reliever Evan Brabrand recorded his seventh save of the season. The right-hander did not allow a run over the final 2 1/3 innings.

- Third baseman David Marcano led all hitters with three hits and catcher Paul Franzoni hit his fourth home run of the season for NJIT.

- The Highlanders used eight different pitchers in the contest and walked 11 Liberty batters.

Turning Point
With the Flames up 3-0 in the top of the fourth, NJIT put runners on first and second with one out. However, Adametz induced a second to third double play to end the threat and the inning.

Beyond the Box Score
- The Flames closed out their eight-game homestand, their longest of the season, with a 6-2 record.

- Adametz's 6 2/3 innings is the longest outing of his career.

- Embry received his first start in center field since 2017 on Sunday. With two hits, the redshirt junior has had at least one hit in each of his last 10 games and has reached base in each of his last 18 games.

- Rohrer collected at least one hit in each game of the three-game series.

- Brabrand has yet to give up a run in 21 1/3 innings of relief. He leads the ASUN Conference in saves.

- Liberty is 10-1 when scoring first in a contest.

- Liberty and NJIT had never met on the baseball diamond until this weekend.

Up Next
Liberty travels to Blacksburg, Va., to face the Virginia Tech Hokies, Tuesday. Game time at English Field at Union Park is scheduled for 4 p.m.