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Flames Power Past Lions 8-5

April 7, 2019  Florence, Ala.  RSS
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Cam Locklear had four hits, hit two home runs and drove in four runs in win, Sunday.

Cam Locklear had four hits, hit two home runs and drove in four runs in win, Sunday.

The Liberty Flames hammered a season-high four home runs in muscling past the North Alabama Lions 8-5, Sunday afternoon.

Liberty shortstop Cam Locklear belted two home runs, while catcher Jonathan Embry and first baseman Logan Mathieu each added a solo round tripper in the victory.

In addition, Locklear posted career-highs with four hits and four RBI. Mathieu and designated hitter Gray Betts collected two hits apiece for the Flames.

The Flames take the series between the pair of ASUN Conference newcomers, 2-1. Liberty moves to 7-2 in ASUN play and 24-7 overall. North Alabama drops to 2-7 in conference play and 7-24 overall.

Box Score Highlights
Liberty (24-7, 7-2 ASUN); North Alabama (7-24, 2-7 ASUN)
Location: Florence, Ala. (Lane Field)
Attendance: 324
WP: Joseph Adametz (4-1) | LP: Colin Chamblin (1-4) | SV: Mason Meyer (1)

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Embry homers, 1-0
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Mathieu singles, Galazin scores, 2-0
LIBERTY – 2nd INNING – Wagner singles, Betts scores, 3-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Locklear homers, Mathieu and Rohrer scores, 6-0
UNA – 4th INNING – Elliott scores on passed ball, 6-1
UNA – 4th INNING – Sockwell doubles, Kiefer scores, 6-2
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Mathieu homers, 7-2
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Locklear homers, 8-2
UNA – 6th INNING – Elliott homers, 8-3
UNA – 9th INNING – Horman homers, Mathis scores, 8-5

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit North Alabama, 10-6. The two teams combined to hit six home runs in the contest. Neither team committed an error.

- Liberty hit four home runs for the first time in a game this season. The Flames also belted back-to-back home runs in the fifth, as Mathieu and Locklear ripped round trippers.

- Not only did Locklear hit his second and third home runs of the year, but the shortstop posts a career-high for hits and RBI in the contest. The shortstop's hit total eclipsed his former career-high of three, which he has done three times during his career, while his RBI total surpassed his former high of three, which he did five times.

- Embry, who led off the game with his home run, and Mathieu have each hit four home runs on the season.

- Betts collects two or more hits for the second time in the three-game series. The freshman had a career-high four hits in Liberty's victory on Friday.

- Liberty starting pitcher Joseph Adametz gave up three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the victory in his first road start of the season. The freshman left-hander struck out a career-high seven.

- Left-hander Mason Meyer recorded his first save as Flame. Meyer, who has been used mainly as a starter this season, gave up two runs on two hits over the final 3 1/3 innings.

- UNA third baseman Reid Horman had two hits, including his second home run of the season. Second baseman Davis Elliott also hit his third home run in the sixth inning.

Turning Point
With one run in the bottom of the fourth inning and runners on first and third, North Alabama shortstop Peyton Sockwell doubled off the left field fence with two outs, scoring a run to make it 6-2 Flames. However, Locklear's relay throw from left fielder Brandon Rohrer cut down Lions' catcher Landon Langston trying to score to end the inning and end the scoring threat.

Beyond the Box Score
- With the series victory, Liberty has won six-straight weekend series. The Flames have dropped only one such series in 2019, their season-opening series at South Carolina.

- The Flames have won five out of their last six road contests.

- Locklear hit two home runs in a game for the second time in his career. The junior shortstop hit two home runs in a win over the Citadel at Riley on Feb. 19, 2017.

- Second baseman Will Wagner continued his current hit streak, running the streak to 11 games. The second baseman had a 12-game hitting streak earlier this season.

- Rohrer's career-high hit streak of 10 games came to an end, Sunday. Rohrer did walk twice in the contest and has reached base in 11 consecutive contests.

- Meyer made his second relief appearance of the year on Sunday. The sophomore left-hander has started eight games.

Up Next
The Flames return home to Liberty Baseball Stadium on Tuesday. Liberty will welcome the Richmond Spiders on Alzheimer's Awareness Night. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.