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 Records: 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
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