The Liberty Flames struck for seven runs in the sixth inning, dumping the VCU Rams 9-3, Friday afternoon at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
Down a run entering the inning, Liberty sent 12 men to the plate and broke the contest open with seven runs on five hits. Among Liberty's hits in the inning were three doubles and a triple. The Liberty bullpen then held the Rams in check over the final three innings for the victory.
Catcher Gray Betts, second baseman Will Wagner, shortstop Cam Locklear and center fielder Jaylen Guy each had two hits apiece in the contest for the Flames. One of Betts' two hits was his third home run of the season, a two-run blast in the third inning. Both of Locklear's hits were doubles.
Liberty improves to 17-7 on the year. VCU see its four-game winning streak come to end, falling to 13-11.
Box Score Highlights
Records: VCU (13-11); Liberty (17-7)
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium)
WP: David Erickson (6-1) | LP: Campbell Ellis (3-1)
VCU – 2nd INNING – Amiss flies out, Hay scores, 1-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Betts homers, C. Locklear scores, 2-1
VCU – 5th INNING – Hibbits singles, Carpenter scores, 2-2
VCU – 5th INNING – Schroeder flies out, T. Locklear scores, 3-2
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – C. Locklear doubles, McDyre and Wagner score, 4-3
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Wilson doubles, Locklear and Mathieu score, 6-3
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Guy triples, Wilson scores, 7-3
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Rohrer singles, Guy scores, 8-3
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Wagner doubles, Rohrer scores, 9-3
Liberty broke open the game with its most runs in an inning this season in the sixth. The first six batters of the inning reached. Wagner led off the home half of the inning with a single and third baseman Trey McDyre walked. After a Rams pitching change, Mathieu was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Locklear and right fielder Jake Wilson followed with back-to-back two-run doubles and Guy made it three straight base hits with a triple into the right field corner to give Liberty a 7-3 lead. Later in the inning, designated hitter Brandon Rohrer had an RBI double and Wagner provided a RBI double.
Beyond the Box Score
Liberty and VCU will meet again tomorrow; but this time, the Rams will host the Flames. Game time at the Diamond in Richmond, Va., is scheduled for 2 p.m.