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    Liberty Plates 8 in the Second to Roll Past Austin Peay 12-1

    Mar 24, 2023 | Lynchburg Va | Baseball

    The Flames scored eight times in the second inning on their way to a 12-1 win in seven innings over the Austin Peay Governors in the opening game of their ASUN series on Friday at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium. The game ended in the seventh inning under the new NCAA 10-run rule.

    Liberty struck for all eight runs, the most by the Flames in an inning this season, with two outs in the second. The Flames sent 11 men to the plate in the home half of the inning, banging out six hits, five for extra bases to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Liberty used two triples, a home run and a double to score all their runs in the inning.

    Flames center fielder Jaylen Guy led all hitters in the game with three hits, including two doubles and scoring twice.

    Shortstop Jake Lazzaro added two hits, belting his second home run of the season in the second inning for the Flames. Right fielder Camden Troyer joined Lazzaro as one of the four Liberty hitters with two hits in the contest. He tripled, drove in three runs and plated a run in the game.

    Liberty evens their ASUN record at 2-2 on the season and moves to 10-11 overall. Austin Peay has its three-game winning streak snapped, falling to 2-2 in conference play and 9-13 overall.

    Box Score Highlights
    Austin Peay (9-13, 2-2 ASUN); Liberty (10-11, 2-2 ASUN)
    Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium)
    WP: Garrett Horn (3-1) | LP: Lyle Miller-Green (0-4)

    Scoring Summary
    2nd INNING – LIBERTY – Troyer triples, Betts, Kepley and Guy score, 3-0
    2nd INNING – LIBERTY – Foster triples, Hillier and Troyer score, 5-0
    2nd INNING – LIBERTY – Horton doubles, Foster scores, 6-0
    2nd INNING – LIBERTY – Lazzaro homers, Horton scores, 8-0
    3rd INNING – LIBERTY – Betts doubles, Kepley scores, 9-0
    5th INNING – LIBERTY – Hillier scores on a wild pitch, 10-0
    6th INNING – APSU- Brown singles, Martin scores, 10-1
    6th INNING – LIBERTY – Kepley singles, Guy scores, 11-1
    6th INNING – LIBERTY – Betts flies out, Kepley scores, 12-1

    Notable Numbers
    Liberty outhit Austin Peay, 13-3, in the contest. The Governors committed the game’s only error.
    – The Flames left nine men on base. The Governors left six.
    – Liberty first baseman Brayden Horton and left fielder Kane Kepley also had two hits each in the contest. Kepley scored three times.
    – Flames’ left-hander Garrett Horn records the win. He gave up one run on two hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three.
    – Austin Peay right-hander Lyle Miller-Green takes the loss. He allowed nine runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three in the contest.
    – No Governor had more than one hit in the game.

    Beyond the Box Score
    – Liberty and Austin Peay met for the first time in their program’s history today at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
    – The Flames had a rain delay for the first time this season. The contest was delayed with one out in the sixth and a runner on second in the sixth inning, lasting 44 minutes.
    – The Flames had two triples in a game for the second time this season. Liberty hit two triples in their win over VCU at Liberty Baseball Stadium on March 7. The Flames did not hit two triples in any game last season.
    – Eight runs in a single inning are the most for Liberty this season. The Flames’ previous high was five runs in an inning which they scored in wins at Duke on Feb. 22 and at home against Bryant in both games of a doubleheader sweep on March 4.
    – Guy continues to be Liberty’s hottest hitter over the last 12 games. The junior has posted a .390 batting average, with nine of his 16 hits going for extra bases during the span. He has raised his batting average by 129 points to .290 for the year.
    – With an RBI double in the third, Betts collected the 100th RBI of his career and extended his team-leading reached base safely streak to 15 consecutive games. Later in the contest, the senior recorded RBI number 101 with a sacrifice fly.
    – Troyer collects his second straight two-hit game and now leads the Flames with nine multi-hit games.
    – Three Hillier served as Liberty’s designated hitter for the first time in 2023. He walked to extend his reached base safely streak to 14 straight games.
    – For the second consecutive start, Horn did not allow a run over the first five innings of the contest. The left-hander, whose ERA is 1.65 on the year, has only allowed one run over his last 10 1/3 innings.

    Next Up
    Liberty and Austin Peay will meet in the middle game of their three-game series tomorrow afternoon at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.

    Featured in Main Photo: Jake Lazzaro