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    Left fielder Aaron Anderson drilled a double down the right field line, plating catcher Gray Betts to give the Liberty Flames a 3-2 walk-off win over the VCU Rams, Saturday afternoon at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

    The one-run victory pushes Liberty's winning streak to 10 games in a row, setting a new NCAA Division I record for the Flames.

    Landon Riley, who leads the Flames with four saves, picked up his first decision of the 2021 season. The junior moves to 1-0 following a scoreless inning of relief in the ninth.

    Right fielder Jake Wilson and Anderson led a 10-hit effort for the Flames, each collecting two hits apiece in the contest.

    Liberty moves to 12-5 overall. VCU drops to 9-8.

    Box Score Highlights
    Records:
    VCU (9-8); Liberty (12-5)
    Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium)
    WP: Landon Riley (1-0) | LP: Danny Watson (2-2)

    Scoring Summary
    VCU – 2nd INNING – Ryan grounds out, sacrifice bunt, Vay scores, 1-0
    LIBERTY – 4th INNING – McDyre doubles, Mathieu scored, 1-1
    LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Wagner doubled to right field, Anderson scored, 2-1
    VCU – 8th INNING – Hibbits grounds into a double play, Brown scores, 2-2
    LIBERTY – 9th INNING – Anderson doubles, Betts scores, 3-2

    Notable Numbers

    • The Flames doubled up the Rams in the hit column, finishing the contest with 10 hits to VCU's five.
    • The two teams had multiple scoring opportunities during the afternoon, as they combined to leave 18 runners on base (Liberty 11; VCU 7).
    • Liberty pitchers Trevor Delaite (six strikeouts) and Mason Meyers (five strikeouts) fanned a combined 11 batters during the first seven innings of the game.
    • Delaite allowed one run on three hits during four innings of work, while Meyers gave up one unearned run on two hits in three innings of work.
    • Liberty four pitchers in the contest (Deliate, Meyers, David Erickson and Riley) combined to strike out 13 Rams in the contest.
    • Batters No. 1 through No. 8 in Liberty's lineup each recorded one hit in the game.
    • The Rams' five hits were scattered by five different batters.

    Turning Point
          The Flames made the most of their three extra base hits in the game, each plating a run on their three doubles and then left the rest in the hands of their pitchers.
          McDyre's double in the fourth erased a one-run deficit for the Liberty, while Wagner's two-base hit, which one hoped to the wall in right field, gave the Flames a 2-1 lead in the seventh.
          After VCU's Watson walked Betts on four straight pitches to begin the bottom of the ninth inning, Anderson connected on his team-leading ninth double three pitches later to cap Liberty's victory.

    Beyond the Box Score

    • With the win, Liberty remains unbeaten at home in 2021, pushing its record to 7-0.
    • Liberty has now won the last five meetings with VCU and eight of the last 11 matchups.
    • Liberty has recorded back-to-back games with 10 hits and now has finished eight games in 2021 with 10 or more hits.
    • The strong effort on the mound for the Flames marked the 10th time this season Liberty has struck out 10 or more batters in a game.
    • Anderson now leads the Flames with seven multi-hit games.
    • Wilson records his fourth multi-hit game of the season and has now reached base in eight consecutive games, tying Anderson for the longest such streak this season.
    • The trio of run-scoring doubles by McDyre, Wagner and Anderson gives Liberty 39 doubles on the season, which leads all ASUN Conference teams.
    • With his single in the second, designated hitter Brady Gulakowski pushed his hitting streak to five games, becoming the sixth Flames with a hitting streak of five or more games this season.
    • Erickson made his team-leading ninth appearance of the year.

    Up Next
          The Flames and the Rams will meet again tomorrow, with the home-and-home series scheduled to conclude in Richmond. First pitch from The Diamond is slated for 2 p.m.