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    Liberty pitchers Trey Gibson and Fraser Ellard combined to hold the VCU bats in check over the first seven innings, leading the Flames past the Rams 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Diamond.

    With its second victory in as many days over VCU, Liberty pushes its winning streak to 11 games in a row, a NCAA Division I record for the Flames.

    Gibson, who has won each of his last three outings, did not allow a run over the first 5 1/3 innings. The freshman right-hander struck out eight and walked two.

    Ellard followed Gibson with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out six and walked one.

    Left fielder Aaron Anderson, who had a walk-off double in the Flames' win over VCU yesterday, had two hits and drove in two runs. Second baseman Will Wagner also had two hits and two RBI for the Flames.

    Liberty moves to 13-5 overall. VCU drops to 9-9.

    Box Score Highlights
    Records:
    Liberty (13-5); VCU (9-9)
    Location: Richmond, Va. (The Diamond)
    WP: Trey Gibson (3-2) | LP: Michael Dailey (0-1)

    Scoring Summary
    LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Anderson singles, McDyre scores, 1-0
    LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Wagner singles, Betts scores, 2-0
    LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Locklear doubles, Anderson scores, 3-0
    LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Wilson singles, Mathieu scores on throwing error, 4-0
    LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Anderson flies out, McDyre scores, 5-0
    LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Wagner singles, Wilson scores, 6-
    VCU – 9th INNING – Carlone hit by pitch, Benzin scores, 6-1

    Notable Numbers

    • Liberty tripled VCU in the hit column, 9-3. The Rams made two errors in the contests.
    • The Flames left 12 men on base. The Rams left six.
    • Liberty's five pitchers struck out 17 VCU batters, a season-high for the Flames pitching staff.
    • Gibson and Ellard combined to fan 13 Rams over the first seven innings. Ellard struck out six of the seven batters he faced.
    • Liberty scored four two-out runs in the games. Wagner drove in two runs with two two-out singles.
    • Batters No. 2 through No.4 in Liberty's lineup each recorded two hits in the contest. Catcher Gray Betts joined Anderson and Wagner with two hits in the game.
    • Flames third baseman Trey McDyre reached base three times with a single and walking twice. The senior scored twice.
    • The three different Rams had one of their three hits.

    Turning Point
    Leading 1-0 and VCU having trouble solving Gibson, Liberty plated two two-out runs to up its advantage in the top of the fifth. Betts got things started when he was hit by a pitch with two out and moved to third on a single by Anderson. Wagner followed by dropping a single into center field to score Betts. Shortstop Cam Locklear made it three hits in a row with a double down the left field line to tally Anderson for 3-0 lead.

    Beyond the Box Score

    • Liberty sweeps the home-and-home series with VCU. The Flames defeated the Rams 3-2 on a walk-off double by Anderson at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium, yesterday.
    • The win extends the Flames NCAA Division I record for consecutive victories to 11. Liberty eclipsed the previous NCAA Division I mark of nine with Saturday's victory.
    • Liberty has now won the last six meetings between the two teams.
    • With the victory, the Flames move over .500 on the road with a 6-5 mark.
    • For the second day in a row, Liberty pitchers struck out more than 10 Rams. Liberty pitchers have struck out 10 or more batters in a game 11 times in 2021.
    • With his third straight game with two hits, Anderson now leads the Flames with eight multi-hit games.
    • With two hits each in the contest, Betts now has seven multi-hit games, while Wagner records his fourth.
    • Both Wagner and McDyre have reached base safely in eight consecutive games.

    Up Next
    Liberty returns home to Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium on Wednesday. The Flames will host the Virginia Cavaliers. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.