Liberty Downs Jacksonville 4-1 in 11 innings
With two out in the 11th inning, second baseman Will Wagner singled in two runs and third baseman Tyler Galazin followed with a run-scoring infield single, as the Liberty Flames nipped the Jacksonville Dolphins 4-1 in 11 innings, Friday night at John Sessions Stadium.
Reliever Evan Brabrand pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings to run his record to 3-1 on the season.
Liberty moves to 10-3 in the ASUN and 30-11 overall. With the victory, the Flames have won 30 or more games for the 15th consecutive season. Jacksonville drops to 7-9 in ASUN play and 21-20 overall. The Dolphins have lost five straight games.
Box Score Highlights
Records: Liberty (30-11, 10-3 ASUN); Jacksonville (21-20, 7-9 ASUN)
Location: Jacksonville, Fla. (John Sessions Stadium)
WP: Evan Brabrand (3-1) | LP: Nick Love (3-2)
LIBERTY – 2nd INNING – Highfill singles, Mathieu scores, 1-0
JU – 7th INNING – Dubrule reaches on fielder’s choice, Garrastazu scores, 1-1
LIBERTY – 11th INNING – Wagner singles, Highfill and Guy score, 3-1
LIBERTY – 11th INNING – Galazin beats out infield single, Embry scores, 40-1
– Liberty outhit Jacksonville, 10-7. The Flames committed the game’s only error in the 7th inning, leading to the Dolphins’ lone run of the contest.
– Liberty left 13 men on base, while Jacksonville left nine.
– Brabrand, who was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch list on Wednesday, retired the first 12 batters he faced out of the bullpen. The right-hander gave up one hit over his 4 1/3 innings of work, allowing just two balls to leave the infield.
– Liberty starter Andrew McInvale did not allow a run over the first five innings. He gave up two hits, striking out four and walking two. He worked out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the fifth without allowing a run.
– Liberty shortstop Cam Locklear recorded his 10th multiple-hit game of the season with two hits in the game. He was joined by teammates Gray Betts and Tyler Galazin as the only players with two hits in the contest.
– No Jacksonville player had more than one hit in the contest.
– Dolphin pitchers issued 10 walks, including four in the top of the 11th. The Flames walked three batters.
After Jacksonville turned a double play on a pop up on a bunt attempt for the first two outs of the 11th inning, center fielder Jaylen Guy worked a full count and walked to keep the frame alive. Designated hitter Ben Highfill was then hit by a pitch, and catcher Jonathan Embry then walked to load the bases.
The Dolphins went to their bullpen and brought in Trent Palmer to face Wagner. However, Wagner bounced a single through the left side of the infield on a 1-2 count to plate the go-ahead runs.
Beyond the Box Score
– Liberty has now won 30 games for the 15th consecutive year. At 30-11, the Flames reach 30 wins the fastest since posting a 31-9 mark in 2014.
– Liberty went to extra innings for the first time since their season-opening 6-5 victory at South Carolina on Feb. 16 in 11 innings. The Flames are now 2-0 in extra innings.
– The Flames began a nine-game road trip on Tuesday. The trip is its longest road swing of the season. Liberty is 1-1 on the trip.
– Liberty remains unbeaten on Friday, running its record to 8-0.
– With two hits in the contest, Betts extended his hitting streak to seven games in the contest, a career high. Guy also extended his hitting streak to a career-high six games.
– Wagner also walked twice in the game. He has reached base in 21 consecutive games. The streak is the longest by a Flame, this season.
The Flames and Dolphins will meet in the middle game of their three-game ASUN Conference series, tomorrow at John Sessions Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.