Gibson Pitches into 9th; Liberty Downs Bellarmine 5-1 in Game 2
Freshman right-hander Trey Gibson pitched into the ninth inning for the first time in his career, leading the Liberty Flames to a 5-1 victory over the Bellarmine Knights in game two of an ASUN Conference doubleheader, Saturday afternoon at Knights Field.
Gibson, who had not pitched past the sixth inning this season, allowed one run on seven hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter. He dueled with Bellarmine's Jacob Nagle through the first eight innings, before the Flames plated three in the ninth to break the game open.
Liberty catcher Gray Betts led off the game with his second home run of the season. Left fielder Aaron Anderson was the only Flame with more than one hit in the game with a single and triple. He scored twice.
Liberty takes its three-game series with Bellarmine, two games to one. The Flames improve to 16-5 overall and 5-1 in ASUN action. The Knights drop to 8-13 overall and 4-5 in conference play.
Box Score Highlights
Records: Liberty (16-6, 5-1 ASUN); Bellarmine (8-13, 4-5 ASUN)
Location: Louisville, Ky. (Knights Field)
WP: Trey Gibson (4-2) | LP: Jacob Nagle (0-1)
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Betts homers, 1-0
LIBERTY- 1st INNING – Wilkinson flies out, Anderson scores, 2-0
BELL – 6th INNING – Finerty singles, Sproul scores, 2-1
LIBERTY – 9th INNING – Wagner flies out, Anderson scores, 3-1
LIBERTY – 9th INNING – Locklear doubles, Haney scores, 4-1
LIBERTY – 9th INNING – Mathieu singles, Locklear scores, 5-1
- Liberty outhit Bellarmine, 8-7. Liberty committed two errors and Bellarmine made one.
- Each team left four men on base in the contest.
- Four of Liberty's eight hits in the contest went for extra bases.
- Neither team walked a batter in the game.
- Liberty turned three doubles plays in the game, a season high.
- Bellarmine right-hander Nagel allowed only two runs over the first eight innings, both in the first inning. He ended up giving up five runs on seven hits. He struck out a career-high eight and did not walk a batter.
Liberty turned a double play with a 2-1 lead and the tying run on base in the sixth and the eighth innings. After the Knights plated their only run of the game and moved a runner to second with no outs, Gibson was able to induce a grounder to Liberty shortstop Cam Locklear by left fielder Chris Gambert, which the Flames turned into a double play for first two outs of the inning. The next Bellarmine batter then bounced out to Locklear to strand the tying run on third base.
In the eighth inning, Knights center fielder Robert Sproul singled with one out, but was quickly wiped out on a double play grounder by third baseman Josh Finerty to end the inning.
Beyond the Box Score
- Liberty takes the ASUN Conference series, two games to one.
- The Flames are 11-0 when outhitting their opponents this season and is 12-2 when scoring first in a contest.
- Gibson has won each of his last four starts. The freshman had not allowed a run over 16 1/3 innings until Bellarmine scored in the sixth inning.
- With his home run, Betts has had at least one hit in each of his last eight games. The hit streak is the longest by a Flame this season.
- Wagner singled in the first inning to extend his reached base safely streak to 12 games, the longest by a Liberty player this year.
- With two hits, Anderson records his 10th multi-hit game of the year. The left fielder leads the Flames.
Liberty travels to Durham, N.C., for a contest against the Duke Blue Devils on Tuesday. First pitch at Durham Bulls Athletic Park is scheduled for 4 p.m.