Ryan Cordell had four hits, including two home runs, Sunday.
Right fielder Ryan Cordell had four hits, including two home runs, propelling the Liberty Flames to an 11-1 victory over the Winthrop Eagles in a Big South contest at the Winthrop Ballpark, Sunday.
Cordell's second and third home runs of the year were two of the right fielder's four hits in the contest. It is the second time this season that the sophomore has collected four hits in a game. Cordell also scored four runs. Second baseman Bryan Aanderud had three hits and three RBIs for the Flames on the afternoon. The second baseman leads the Flames with 39 RBIs this season.
Liberty improves to 9-3 in Big South Conference play and 30-9 overall. With the win, Liberty takes two out of the three games in the series. Head Coach Jim Toman's team matches the 1981 Liberty team by reaching 30 wins during a season the fastest in program history. Winthrop falls to 5-7 in conference games and 12-25 overall.
Liberty took advantage of Winthrop starter Tyler Klitsch's wildness in the game's opening inning to plate a run. Left fielder Ian Parmley drew a leadoff walk and moved to second base on a passed ball. After advancing to third on a ground out by center fielder Andy Smith, Parmley scored on a wild pitch to give the Flames a 1-0 edge. Liberty added to its lead with three runs in the second. Catcher Trey Wimmer opened the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. After Wimmer moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by third baseman Dalton Sype, shortstop Zack Haley was hit by pitch and Parmley walked to load the bases. Smith then drove in the first run of the inning with a ground out. Aanderud followed with a two-run single for a 4-0 advantage. In the top of the third, Cordell opened the inning by pounding a Klitsch offering over the left field wall, chasing the Eagle right-hander and stretching the Liberty lead to 5-0. The Flames tacked another run on the scoreboard in the fourth. With one out, Smith ripped a liner inside the first base bag and down the right field line for a triple. Aanderud followed with a liner off the wall in left field for a double and a 6-0 advantage.
Liberty sent all nine hitters to the plate in the fifth, scoring three more runs. Cordell led off the frame with his second round tripper of the game, lining it over the left field to make it 7-0. Two batters later, Sype doubled and moved to third on an infield single by Haley. Parmley followed with a run-scoring single and Smith upped the Liberty lead to 9-0 with a sacrifice fly.
The Flames added another run in the sixth, giving the team at least one run in each of the first six innings. A bases-loaded fielder's choice ground ball by Haley pushed across Wimmer, who had singled earlier in the frame, upping the Liberty advantage to 10-0.
In the bottom of the inning, Winthrop broke through against Liberty starting pitcher Carson Herndon. The Eagles plated a run on a double play, making it 10-1, Flames.
Josh Richardson had a RBI single in the eighth for Liberty, as the Flames won 11-1. Liberty's Herndon runs his record to 3-1 on the year. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits. He struck out one and walked three batters in six innings of work. Shawn Clowers pitched the final three innings of the game to pick up his first save of the season. Klitsch drops to 2-3 on the season. He was roughed up for five runs on five hits during the first two innings. He did not strike out a batter and walked three. Liberty collected 16 hits in the contest. It is the third time this season that the Flames have recorded 16 hits in a game. Winthrop had five hits in the contest.
Liberty now travels to Athens, Ga., for a game with the Georgia Bulldogs, tomorrow afternoon. First pitch at Foley Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.