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Win Streak Snapped, Flames Fall 10-5

March 16, 2011  College Park, Md.  RSS
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Outfielder Michael Robertson had two hits and scored two runs, Wednesday.

Outfielder Michael Robertson had two hits and scored two runs, Wednesday.

The Liberty Flames saw their four-game winning streak come to end, falling to the Maryland Terrapins, 10-5, Wednesday afternoon at Smith Stadium.

Liberty drops to 9-9 on the year.  Maryland improves to 9-8.  While the Flames winning streak came to an end in the contest, the Terrapins halted a four-game losing streak.

After preventing the Flames from scoring with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the first inning, host Maryland jumped onto the scoreboard with the first run of the contest during the home half of the frame.

Right fielder Charlie White drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double off the wall in left-center field for a 1-0 advantage. Later in the inning, the Terrapins moved runners into scoring position at second and third base with one out. However, Liberty starter Patrick Eckelbarger settled in and was able to retire to the next two Maryland batters to prevent further scoring.

Liberty answered in the top of the second inning with a run to tie the game at 1-1. Right fielder Michael Robertson walked with one out and moved to second base on a ground out by second baseman Zack Haley. Center fielder Ian Parmley followed with a run-scoring single, knotting the score.

In the bottom of the inning, Maryland soared back into the lead. The Terrapins opened the frame with six-consecutive hits, plating four runs in the frame. Second baseman Alfredo Rodriquez singled and center fielder Korey Wacker reached on a bunt single to begin the uprising. Catcher Alex Rasmey followed with a run-scoring single and White with a run-scoring squeeze bunt single to give Maryland a 3-1 lead. Second baseman Ryan Holland then doubled to chase home to more runners for a 5-1 advantage.

The Flames and Terps exchanged single runs during the third inning. In the top of the inning, left fielder Doug Bream singled and later scored on a fielder's choice grounder by designated hitter Justin Sizemore. Maryland pushed across its run in the bottom of the stanza on a double by first baseman Curtis Lazar and a single by Wacker, two batters later.

After a scoreless fourth and fifth, Liberty struck for three runs in the sixth inning to cut its deficit to one run. A single by Robertson sandwiched around walks to Sizemore and Parmley loaded the bases for the Flames with one out. The next batter, shortstop Matt Williams, lined a double down the left field line, plating two runners to slice the Terp lead to 6-4. Third baseman Tyler Bream followed with a sacrifice fly to trim the host team's edge to 6-5.  

In the bottom of the frame, the Terrapins answered back and extended their lead. With two men aboard and one out, left fielder Brandon Padula lined a run-scoring single to right field. Designated hitter Tim Keine followed with a three-run home run, his first of the season, to up the Maryland advantage to its final five-run margin, 10-5.

Liberty starter Patrick Eckelbarger takes the loss to fall to 1-2 on the year. The junior gave up five runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two batters. Eckelbarger was one of six pitchers in the game for the Flames.

Maryland starter Chuck Ghysels records his first win of 2010, evening his record at 1-1. The junior right-hander allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked four batters. Ghysels was the first of five pitchers in the contest.

Liberty managed seven hits in the game. Williams, Doug Bream and Robertson had two hits apiece for the Flames. Maryland doubled up the Flames, finishing the contest with 14 hits. Wacker, who pitched the ninth inning, had three hits to lead the Terrapins.

Liberty returns home to start Big South Conference play, Friday. The Flames will host the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Worthington Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.