Cam Locklear had two RBI in each game of Friday's doubleheader.
A three-run pinch hit home run by Jake Madole in the eighth inning proved to be the difference, pushing the UNC Asheville Bulldogs past the Liberty Flames, 7-4, in game two of a Big South doubleheader, Friday evening at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
The victory enabled the Bulldogs to split the twin bill. Liberty won the first game, 8-1.
The Flames had battled back from an early 4-0 deficit to tie the game in the fifth inning.
Liberty falls to 3-2 in Big South play and 12-9 overall. UNC Asheville moves to 3-2 in conference and 6-15 overall.
The visiting Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second. With one out, catcher Andrew Friedholm and designated hitter Tyler Serricchio each singled and came around to score on a double by left fielder Joe Zayataz for a 2-0 edge. Two batters later, right fielder Chris Troost followed with a single to plate Zayataz for an early three-run advantage.
In the fourth, each team pushed across a run. The Bulldogs scored an unearned run on a double by first baseman Danny Wilson in the top of the inning. In the bottom of the inning, Liberty catcher Jonathan Embry opened the frame with a bunt single and stole second. Two batters later, third baseman Tyler Galazin, who had two hits in the contest, singled to score Embry.
Liberty tied the contest in the fifth. Center fielder D.J. Artis and left fielder Tre Todd both walked and first baseman Dylan Allen reached on an infield single to load the bases. After the Bulldogs were able to get the first out of the inning with a force out at home plate, a wild pitch allowed Todd to score, cutting the Asheville advantage to two at 4-2. Two batters later, Locklear, who had two RBI in game one of the doubleheader, lined a two-run single into left, knotting the score at 4-4.
In the eighth, Serricchio and Zayataz both walked with one out, before Madole hit his second home run over the left field wall, giving the Bulldogs what proved to be the final score of 7-4.
UNC Asheville reliever Eric Whitecavage pitched a scoreless eighth and reliever Kole Harris retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the victory.
Despite a strong relief outing, Liberty's Andrew Stout drops to 0-1 on the year. The right-hander allowed three runs, two earned, over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked five.
Whitecavage evens his mark at 1-1 on the year. The sidearmer pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, walking one. Harris recorded his third save for the Bulldogs.
Each side had six hits. Liberty committed the lone error of the contest.
Up Next: UNC Asheville and Liberty will wrap-up their three-game series tomorrow at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for Noon.
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