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Niggli, Haley Lead Flames Past Bucs, 5-1

March 19, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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John Niggli allowed only one run over nine innings in a 5-1 win, Saturday.

John Niggli allowed only one run over nine innings in a 5-1 win, Saturday.

Second baseman Zack Haley had three hits, including a bases-clearing double and John Niggli had an outstanding outing, pitching his first complete game in a Liberty uniform, as the Flames defeated the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 5-1, in the second game of a Big South series, Saturday afternoon at Worthington Stadium.

By taking the first two games of the three-game Big South series, Liberty moves to 2-0 in conference play and 11-9 overall.  Charleston Southern drops to 0-2 in Big South action and 10-10 overall.

Niggli gave up one run and scattered five hits over nine innings, running his record to 3-1 on the year.  The junior right-hander struck out four and walked two batters. From the third inning on, Niggli dominated, not allowing a Charleston Southern hit until a two-out infield single in the ninth inning. During the stretch, the Liberty right-hander allowed only two runners to reach, on a walk in the fifth and another walk in the sixth inning.

It was the second complete game in as many days by a Flames pitcher.  Senior right-hander Keegan Linza went the full nine in a 2-1 victory over the Buccaneers, Friday night.

For the second straight day, Charleston Southern took an early lead, plating its only run of the game in the second inning. Left fielder Mat Still reached on a leadoff single and later scored the game's first run on a single by second baseman Cody Austin.

After leaving runners in scoring position in second and third innings, Liberty broke through against Bucs right-hander Patrick Dolan in the fourth, with Haley providing the big blow in the frame.  Left fielder Doug Bream opened the inning with a single to right field and swiped second base. When Charleston Southern catcher Drew Woodall's throw got away from shortstop Walt Quattlebuam, Bream advanced to third base.  After designated hitter Austin Taylor and Michael Roberston walked, Haley dropped a two-out double into center field, clearing the bases for a 3-1 Liberty lead.

In the seventh, the Flames tacked on two more runs.  Shortstop Matt Williams drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double by third baseman Tyler Bream. Doug Bream followed by welcoming Buccaneer reliever Charlie McCready to the contest with a single through the middle of the infield, chasing home Tyler Bream, and pushing the Liberty advantage to the final score of 5-1.

Dolan falls to 1-2 on the season for Charleston Southern.  The right-hander allowed five runs on six hits over six innings.  He struck out five and walked six batters.

Haley was joined by Doug Bream with three hits in the game.  Haley banged out his three hits in his first three at bats, two of them being two-base hits.  Liberty had nine hits in the contest.

Charleston Southern and Liberty will meet again tomorrow afternoon in the final contest of their three-game Big South series.  First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Worthington Stadium.