A solid outing in his collegiate debut by right-hander Noah Skirrow keyed a 4-2 win over the VCU Rams in game two of a doubleheader at Liberty Baseball Stadium, Sunday. The win not only swept the twinbill, but completed the three-game season opening series for the Flames.
Skirrow (1-0) held the Rams to two hits over 5 2/3 innings in his debut, earning the first win of his career. The freshman struck out nine and walked one batter, before giving way to Zack Brockman with no one on and two outs in the sixth.
With the victory, Liberty moves to 3-0 on the season. VCU drops to 0-3. The Flames took the first game of the doubleheader, 14-10.
Just like the first two games in the series, Liberty scored first. After plating runs in the first in the previous two contests, the Flames got on the scoreboard in the fourth. With one out, Cam Locklear doubled and quickly plated a run on a single by center fielder D.J. Artis for a 1-0 advantage. Later in the inning, Liberty plated two more runs without a hit, as Artis scored on a wild pitch and left fielder Tre Todd waked with the bases loaded for a 3-0 advantage.
In the seventh, the Rams cut the Flames' advantage to one. With runners on second and third and one out, designated hitter Jack Schroeder singled off Liberty's Brockman to trim the Flames' lead to 3-2. Brockman did battle back to get VCU left fielder Steven Carpenter to foul out with runners on second and third and two outs, ending the inning and holding Liberty's one run edge.
Liberty pushed across an insurance run in the eighth. Artis walked and moved to second on a passed ball. After advancing to third base on a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Trey McDyre, catcher Jonathan Embry singled home the Flames' center fielder for a 4-2 lead. Embry had three hits in the contest.
Freshman right-hander Ben Good pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings in his collegiate debut to pick up his first career save. He struck out one and walked one in closing out the victory.
VCU reliever Jack Alkire, the second of four Rams to pitch in the contest, falls to 0-1. He gave up three runs on three hits over three innings. He struck out one and walked four.
Liberty collected eight hits in the contest. VCU had five. Flames' first baseman Dylan Allen walked five times in the game to set a new Liberty single game record. The first baseman reached base in each of his at bats of the doubleheader with two hits and walking a combined eight times.
Up Next: The Flames continue their season-opening seven-game homestand by hosting the James Madison Dukes, Tuesday at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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