Logan Mathieu's third hit of the game gave Liberty the lead.
The Liberty Flames used a five-run eighth inning outburst to overcome the Lipscomb Bisons 5-3, Saturday evening at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Trailing 2-0, the first six Flames to bat in the eighth reached base, allowing the host team to vault into the lead. First baseman Logan Mathieu, the only player with three hits in the game, gave Liberty the lead with a two-run double and third baseman Ben Highfill followed with a two-run single to take a 5-2 advantage.
Lipscomb brought the go-ahead run to plate in the ninth, but Flames right-hander Evan Brabrand was able to close out the victory.
Liberty's five-run eighth broke up a pitchers' duel between Lipscomb starter Noah Thompson and the Flames' Joseph Adametz. Thompson held the Flames to four hits, before leaving after seven innings.
Liberty evens the ASUN Conference series at a game apiece. The Flames improve to 13-7 in ASUN play and 34-16 overall. Lipscomb drops to 11-9 in conference action and 27-22 overall.
Box Score Highlights Records: Lipscomb (27-22, 11-9 ASUN); Liberty (34-16, 13-7 ASUN) Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Liberty Baseball Stadium) Attendance: 1,160 WP: Evan Brabrand (4-1) | LP: Robbie Knox (0-3)
Scoring Summary LIP- 3rd INNING – Adams singles, Graves scored, 1-0 LIP – 7th INNING – Adams reached on throwing error by third baseman, Bertolani scores, 2-0 LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Rohrer singles, Embry scores, 2-1 LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Mathieu doubles, Wagner and Locklear score, 3-2 LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Highfill singles, Mathieu and Rohrer score, 5-2 LIP – 9th INNING – Symonette singles, Martinez scores, 5-3 Notable Numbers - Lipscomb collected 11 hits in the contest and did not make any errors. Liberty finished the game with seven hits and committed four errors.
- Mathieu posts his third three-hit game and his 13th multi-hit game of the season.
- Liberty's Adametz gave up two runs on six hits, before leaving in the seventh with a runner on first and two out. Both runs were unearned. The left-hander struck out three and did not walk a batter.
- Lipscomb's Thompson did not allow a Liberty runner past second base during the first seven innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked three.
Turning Point Held in check through the first seven innings, the Flames struck in the eighth. New Bisons pitcher Max Habegger walked catcher Jonathan Embry and second baseman Will Wagner to open the inning, before being replaced by reliever Robbie Knox. The reliever immediately issued a walk to Flames shortstop Cam Locklear, loading the bases.
Left fielder Brandon Rohrer plated the first Liberty run of the game with a single, cutting the Flames' deficit to 2-1. Mathieu followed by ripping a double off the top of the right-center field wall, scoring two more runners and giving Liberty a 3-2 lead. Highfill then lined the first pitch of his at bat, back through the middle for a two-run single for a 5-2 advantage.
Beyond the Box Score - Liberty wins for the third time this season when trailing after seven innings and is now 10-11 when their opponents score first.
- The contest was played in a steady rain for most of the night. The game was delay for nine minutes before the start of the fourth inning.
- Liberty left fielder Betts walked in the fourth inning to extend his reached base safely streak to 25 consecutive games, the longest for a Flame this season.
- Embry scored a run during the Liberty eighth. The catcher has scored at least one run in each of the last six Flames' contests and leads the ASUN with 50 runs scored.
- Highfill made his first start of the season at third base for the Flames in the contest. The junior had started the last two contests at second base.
- After serving as the Liberty designated hitter on Friday, Wagner started at second base. He made an outstanding diving catch of a liner for the second out of the ninth inning.
Up Next Lipscomb and Liberty will meet tomorrow in the final game of their three-game series tomorrow. Due to inclement weather forecast for the Lynchburg area on Sunday, the contest's start time has been changed to 11 a.m. Before the game, Senior Day ceremonies will be held.