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Skirrow, Brabrand Shine in 5-1 Win

April 18, 2019  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Noah Skirrow

Noah Skirrow

Right-handers Noah Skirrow and Evan Brabrand combined to hold the visiting North Carolina A&T in check, as the Liberty Flames turned back the Aggies 5-1, Thursday evening at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

Skirrow allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight batters. Brabrand came on with two outs in the seventh and yielded just two hits the rest of the way.

Liberty catcher Jonathan Embry had two hits, a double and two RBI in the non-conference contest.

The Flames move to 28-9 on the season. The Aggies fall to 19-17.

Box Score Highlights
North Carolina A&T (19-17); Liberty (28-9)
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Liberty Baseball Stadium)
Attendance: 1,693
WP: Noah Skirrow (3-3) | LP: Evan Gates (4-1)

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Guy singles, Locklear scores, 1-0
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Betts singles, Locklear scores, 2-0
N.C. A&T – 7th INNING – Barber singles, Stanley scores, 2-1
LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Wagner doubles, Embry scores, 3-1
LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Embry doubles, Locklear and Mathieu score, 5-1

Notable Numbers
- Each team had seven hits.

- Liberty shortstop Cam Locklear scored three runs in the contest for the first time this season and the sixth time in his career.

- Three of Liberty's five runs came with two outs.

- North Carolina A&T starting pitcher Evan Gates gave up two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Turning Point
With runners on the corners and no score in the bottom of the fifth, Liberty center fielder Jaylen Guy battled Gates through a 10-pitch at bat, singling to plate Locklear for a 1-0 advantage.

Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty moves to 21-3 at Liberty Baseball Stadium, this season. The Flames have won eight of their last nine home games.

- The Flames are 20-3 when scoring first in 2019.

- With his RBI double in the seventh inning, second baseman Will Wagner has reached base in a season-high 17 consecutive games. In addition, Wagner has driven in 15 runs in his last 11 games.

- Brabrand records his ASUN-leading ninth save. His season total is fourth all-time in program history.

Up Next
The Flames and Aggies will meet again in the middle game of their three-game series, tomorrow at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.