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Evans, Robertson Lead Flames to Sweep, 5-2

March 20, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Outfielder Michael Robertson hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs, Sunday.

Outfielder Michael Robertson hit a two-run home run and drove in three runs, Sunday.

Left-hander Steven Evans struck out a career-high 12 batters in becoming the third Liberty pitcher to throw a complete game in as many days and right fielder Michael Robertson hit a two-run home run, leading the Flames past the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at Worthington Stadium. 

With the win, Liberty completes a sweep of its three-game Big South series with Charleston Southern. The Flames move to 12-9 overall and 3-0 in Big South action.  Liberty has won seven of its last eight contests. The Buccaneers fall to 10-11 overall and 0-3 in conference play.

Evans went the full nine innings for the first time this season and the fifth time in his career.  With back-to-back wins, the left-hander moved to 2-3 on the year. He allowed two runs on six hits, fanning 12 to set a new career-high and walked one. The senior previously had stuck out a high of 11 in a 16-9, 10 inning Liberty victory at Presbyterian College.  Evans finished the game by retiring the last seven batters to face him.

For the first time in the three-game series, the Flames jumped on the scoreboard first, pushing across a run without a hit in the second inning.  Catcher Casey Rasmus opened the frame with a walk and promptly swiped second base.  After moving to third base on a ground out by designated hitter Justin Richardson, Robertson dropped down a squeeze bunt to plate Rasmus and stake Liberty to a 1-0 advantage.

In their next at bats, the Flames added to their lead with two, two-out runs.  With center fielder Ian Parmley at third base and two away in the third inning, third baseman Tyler Bream laced a single back through the middle to score Parmley.  The hit began a string of three singles by Liberty.  Left fielder Doug Bream followed with a single to advance Tyler Bream to third base, and Rasmus brought the runner home with a single back through the middle of the infield to make it, 3-0 Flames.

Charleston Southern scored its only runs of the contest in the fifth inning.  Catcher Drew Woodall singled with one out and scored on a two-out, triple off the left-center field wall by right fielder Tom Burkett. Center fielder Brantley Meier then brought home Burkett with an infield single, cutting the Liberty advantage to 3-2.

It was as close as the Buccaneers would get on the afternoon. After Josh Thompson took over as a pinch runner for Richardson when he walked with one out in the sixth inning, Robertson blasted the first pitch of his at bat out over the left field wall and onto the road behind Worthington Stadium, his second home run of the year, giving Liberty a 5-2 lead.

Charleston Southern starter Jesse Caddenhead takes the loss and drops to 1-3 on the season. The right-hander gave up five runs on five hits over six innings.  He struck out three batters and walked three.

Robertson had two of Liberty's six hits in the game and drove in three runs. Burkett and Meier each had two hits for Charleston Southern.

Liberty will host the Virginia Tech Hokies, Tuesday at Worthington Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.