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Flames Best No. 19 Duke to Advance to Regional Final 15-4

June 6, 2021  Knoxville, Tenn.  RSS
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Jaylen Guy crosses home plate after hitting a grand slam in the first inning. Guy had a career-high five RBI in Liberty's win on Sunday.

Jaylen Guy crosses home plate after hitting a grand slam in the first inning. Guy had a career-high five RBI in Liberty's win on Sunday.

Center fielder Jaylen Guy's grand slam highlighted an eight-run first inning as the Liberty Flames eliminated the No. 19 Duke Blue Devils, 15-4, in Game 5 of the 2021 Knoxville, Tenn. Regional, Sunday afternoon at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

With its victory, Liberty moves into its second regional final in program history and its first since 2013. The Flames will face No. 2 Tennessee later today. To advance to its first ever Super Regional, Liberty will have to beat the Volunteers tonight and tomorrow to win the regional.

Liberty scored the most runs in a NCAA Regional in program history in the contest. The Flames opened the game by scoring eight runs on five hits to jump out to an 8-0 advantage after one inning of play. Seven of the eight came with two out, including Guy's first grand slam of his career and his third home run of the season. Guy had two hits and a career-high five RBI in the game. He also robbed a Blue Devil of a home run with a spectacular catch in the seventh inning.

Liberty third baseman Trey McDyre also hit his second home run of the season and first baseman Logan Mathieu hit his 15th home run of the year in the contest.

Flames pitcher Mason Meyer pitched the first complete game of his career. The left-hander allowed three runs on 10 hits in completing the full nine innings. He struck out four and walked two.

Liberty improves to 41-15 on the year. Duke, the 2021 ACC Champion, ends the year with a 33-22 mark.

Box Score Highlights
Duke (33-22); Liberty (41-15)
Location: Knoxville, Tenn. (Lindsey Nelson Stadium)
WP: Mason Meyer (5-1) | LP: Cooper Stinson (3-4)

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – McDyre singles, Betts scores, 1-0
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Wilson walks, Anderson scores, 2-0
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Mathieu walks, McDyre scores, 3-0
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Guy homers, Mathieu, Wilson and Locklear score, 7-0
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Wagner singles. Betts scores, 8-0
DUKE – 3rd INNING – Loperfido homers, Knight scores, 8-2
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – McDyre homers, 9-2
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Mathieu homers, 10-2
DUKE – 6th INNING – Matt homers, 10-3
LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Gulakowski singles, Anderson scores, 11-3
LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Locklear singles, Gulakowski and McDyre score, 13-3
LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Mathieu singles, Locklear scores, 14-3
LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Guy grounds out, Wilson scores, 15-3
DUKE – 9th INNING – Cheek singles, Lux scores, 15-4

Notable Numbers

  • Liberty outhit Duke, 14-13. The Blue Devils committed the game's only error.
  • The Flames left seven men on base, while the Blue Devils left six.
  • All nine batters in Liberty's lineup had at least one hit in the game.
  • The Flames turned a season-high five double plays.
  • Liberty sent 13 men to the plate during its first inning outburst. Eight Flames hit with two outs in the inning.
  • McDyre, Mathieu, catcher Gray Betts and designated hitter Brady Gulakowski joined Guy with two hits apiece for the Flames.
  • McDyre drove in two runs and scored three times. Mathieu had three RBI and two runs scored.
  • Duke starter Cooper Stinson takes the loss. The Flames roughed up the right-hander for six runs on two hits over just 2/3 innings of work. He struck out one and walked four.
  • Blue Devils center fielder Joey Loperfido had three hits, including his eighth home run of the year in the contest.
  • Duke right fielder Peter Matt hit his 15th home run of the year in the game.

Beyond the Box Score

  • Liberty advances to a regional final for the second time in program history. The Flames advanced to their first regional final during the 2013 Columbia, S.C. Regional.
  • Liberty defeated Duke twice during the 2021 Knoxville, Tenn. Regional. The Flames beat the Blue Devils 11-6 to open the regional on Friday. Duke won both meetings between the two teams during the regular season.
  • The Flames scored the most runs in a NCAA Regional game in program history. Liberty previous high came in a 10-2 win over Seton Hall at the Columbia, S.C., on May 27, 2000.
  • The Flames turned five double plays in a game for the first time since a 9-1 victory over St. John's at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium on March 12, 2010.
  • Before today, Guy had never had more than three runs in a game.
  • Betts records his 20th multi-hit game with two hits in the contest. The ASUN All-Conference catcher has at least one hit in eight straight contests. He singled to open the bottom of first inning, extending his reached base safely streak to a team-leading 45 consecutive games.
  • With a home run and a run-scoring single in the contest, McDyre posts his 11th multi-hit game of the 2021.
  • Mathieu collects his 10th and Gulakowski had his 13th multi-hit game in the contest.
  • Meyer, who has been both a starting pitcher and a reliever this season, moves to 5-1 with a 3.62 ERA in seven starts.