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Flames Fall to Gamecocks, Saturday

February 16, 2019  Columbia, S.C.  RSS
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Jonathan Embry had three hits and scored three times, Saturday.

Jonathan Embry had three hits and scored three times, Saturday.

The South Carolina Gamecocks jumped out to a seven-run advantage over the first two innings, before weathering a middle-inning charge by the Liberty Flames en route to a 13-7 victory, Saturday afternoon at Founders Park.

After the early Gamecock scoring burst, the Flames scored six unanswered runs to cut their hosts' lead to one at 7-6 after 3 1/2 innings. However, two home runs by third baseman Jacob Olson helped South Carolina pull away for the victory.

Catcher Jonathan Embry had three hits and scored three runs for the Flames in the contest.

Liberty falls to 1-1. South Carolina evens its record at 1-1.

Box Score Highlights
Liberty (1-1); South Carolina (1-1)
Location: Columbia, S.C. (Founders Park)
Attendance: 6,726
WP:  P.J. Shook (1-0) | LP: Mason Meyer (0-1)

Scoring Summary
SC - 1st INNING – Berryhill walks, Campbell scores, 1-0
SC - 1st INNING – Perez singled, Allen scores, 2-0
SC - 1st INNING – Eyster walks, Hopkins scores, 3-0
SC - 1st INNING – Holladay sacrifice foul out, Berryhill scores, 4-0
SC - 1st INNING – Neville singled, Perez scores, 5-0
SC - 2nd INNING – Hopkins triples, Allen scores, 6-0
SC - 2nd INNING – Perez singles, Hopkins scores, 7-0
LIBERTY - 3rd INNING – Mathieu walks, McDyre scores, 7-1
LIBERTY - 3rd INNING – Embry scores on a balk, 7-2
LIBERTY - 3rd INNING – Highfill walks, Galazin scores, 7-3
LIBERTY - 3rd INNING – Wagner singles, Mathieu and Baughman score, 7-5
LIBERTY - 4th INNING – Galazin doubles, Embry scores, 7-6
SC - 4th INNING – Olson homers, Berryhill scores, 9-6
LIBERTY - 5th INNING – Wagner singles, Baughman scores, 9-7
SC - 6th INNING – Olson homers, Hopkins scores, 11-7
SC - 8th INNING – Berryhill homers, 12-7
SC – 8th INNING - Eyster sacrifice fly out, Olson scores, 13-7

Notable Numbers
- South Carolina outhit Liberty, 12-8.

- Each team posted a five-run inning and they proved to be very similar. South Carolina scored five in the first, while Liberty pushed across five in the third. Each team had two hits and walked five times in their five-run frame. In addition, both teams scored two runs in their inning on bases-loaded walks.

- For the game, South Carolina gave out seven free passes, while Liberty walked nine batters.

- Embry recorded his first multi-hit game of 2019 with his three hits.

- After collecting three hits for his first career multi-hit game yesterday, Flames second baseman Will Wagner had two hits and recorded the first multi-RBI game of his career by driving in three runs.

- South Carolina's Olson and Berryhill each hit their first home runs of the year in the contest.

- Gamecocks center fielder TJ Hopkins went 3-for-4 with a RBI triple and scored three times.

Turning Point
- Trailing 9-7 in the fifth, Liberty shortstop Ben Highfill advanced to third with one out. However, South Carolina right-hander P.J. Shook stranded the runner by striking out the next two batters to prevent the Flames from cutting his team's lead to a single run. Liberty was held scoreless the rest of the way.

Beyond the Box Score
- Embry tied a career-high with three hits, this afternoon. The redshirt junior has posted three hits in a game four times during his career.
- Wagner has more hits in his first two games this season (5), than he did in limited action in 16 games last season (4).
- Junior Ben Highfill started at shortstop for the first time in his Liberty career.

Up Next
The Flames and Gamecocks will wrap-up their season-opening three-game series, tomorrow afternoon at Founders Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.