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Bream Slams Walk-off for 4-3 Win

April 22, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Tyler Bream's hit a walk-off home run to give Liberty a 4-3 win, Wednesday.

Tyler Bream's hit a walk-off home run to give Liberty a 4-3 win, Wednesday.

With two men aboard and trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Liberty third baseman Tyler Bream connected for a two-out, three-run home run, propelling the Flames past the Virginia Tech Hokies, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.

With the win, Liberty moves to 27-12 overall. Virginia Tech falls to 24-15.

After 13 consecutive Liberty batters had been retired, the Flames got the first two hitters of the ninth inning on base. Shortstop Matt Williams (Fr., Franklin, Tenn.) drew a walk to open the inning and center fielder Curran Redal (Jr., Moses Lake, Wash.) dropped a single into center field. After the next two Liberty batters were retired, Bream (Fr., Zelienople, Pa.) worked a 3-2 count against reliever Ben Rowen, before belting his eighth home run of the year over the right field wall for the 4-3 victory.

Liberty jumped on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Designated hitter Cody Brown (Sr. Cumming, Ga.) led off the frame by ripping his fifth home run of the season out over the left field wall for a 1-0 lead.

Virginia Tech took over the lead in the contest in the top of the fifth inning. After Liberty starter Chris McDougal (Fr., Poquoson, Va.) retired 10-straight batters entering the frame, left fielder Steve Domecus was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Catcher Anthony Sosnoskie followed with a run-scoring double down the left field line to score Domecus and tie the game at 1-1. After a ground ball out moved Sosnoskie to third base, he came home on a single up the middle by second baseman Michael Seaborn, giving Virginia Tech a 2-1 advantage.

The Hokies added a run in the sixth inning to up their lead to 3-1. Third baseman Ty Hohman walked to begin the frame and moved to third base on a single by center fielder Steve Bumbry. First baseman Austin Wates then lifted a RBI sacrifice fly to bring home Hohman.

The fourth pitcher for Liberty in the contest, freshman pitcher John Long (Fr., Anderson, S.C.) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Flames to pick up his first collegiate win, running his record to 1-0 on the year. Liberty's four hurlers on the afternoon gave up three runs on four hits, striking out five and walking one.

Rowan takes the loss to drop to 3-2 on the season. Bream was the only batter he faced.

Liberty had five hits in the game, with Bream adding a triple to his home run. The Flames third baseman was the only player with two hits in the game.

Liberty travels to Boiling Springs, N.C., for a three-game weekend series with Big South newcomer Gardner-Webb Bulldogs. First pitch for the series opener Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m.