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Flames Fall In Big South Opener

March 24, 2006  Rock Hill, S.C.   RSS
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Freshman right-hander Andrew Wilson allowed no runs and scattered three hits over 7 2/3 innings to lead the Winthrop Eagles to a 13-1 victory over the Liberty Flames, Friday night at the Winthrop Ballpark, in the Big South Conference opener for both teams.

Liberty drops to 17-6 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while nationally-ranked Winthrop moves to 19-5 overall and 1-0 in conference.

The Eagles jumped to the lead with three runs in the first inning on a RBI single by shortstop Matt Repec, fielder's choice and a throw out on a stolen base attempt at second base, allowing a runner to score.

Winthrop added three more runs in both the second and fourth innings.  In the second, Jacob Dempsey singled in his first run of the game, while Repec followed with a two-run single.  In the fourth, Dempsey hit a solo home run, while Phil Carey singled home two runs.

The Eagles added single runs in the fifth on a RBI single and in the sixth inning on a home run by Tommy Lentz, while posting two more in the seventh inning.

The Flames broke through in the ninth inning on a RBI single by Derek Bennion (Jr., RF, Snohomish, Wash.).

Wilson shut down the Flames over 7 2/3 innings to run his record to 6-0 on the season.  The right-hander allowed three hits, while striking out a career-high 14 and walking two.

Liberty starter Michael Solbach (r-So., RHP, Woodbridge, Va.) drops his first decision of the season to move his mark to 4-1 as he allowed nine runs on 10 hits in four innings.  Dane Beakler (Fr., RHP, York, Pa.) followed, allowing three earned runs on eight hits in three innings of relief, while Tyler Light (Fr., RHP, San Bernardino, Calif.) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Michael Just (Sr., 2B, Woodcliff Lakes, N.J.) was the only Flame with two hits on the night, while six Eagles had two or more hits, including Repec who was 3-for-5 with 5 RBI.

Liberty and Winthrop will square off again tomorrow afternoon in the second game of their Big South Conference series.  Game time at Winthrop Ballpark is set for 2 p.m.