Liberty Pounds Out Season-Highs for Hits and Runs in 18-1 Win
First baseman Logan Mathieu hit two three-run home runs and three Flames had four hits each as Liberty romped to an 18-1 victory over the Lipscomb Bisons, Saturday afternoon in an ASUN Conference game at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
The Flames posted season highs for runs and hits (21) in the contest. Liberty batted around in third, fourth and fifth innings in the victory.
Flames first baseman Logan Mathieu hit two home runs in a game for the first time in his career. The junior belted his team-leading sixth and seventh home runs in back-to-back innings, the fourth and fifth, knocking in a career-high six RBI. Shortstop Cam Locklear also hit his third home run of the year in the contest.
Liberty catcher Gray Betts and left fielder Aaron Anderson each went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs apiece. Third baseman Trey McDyre also collected four hits for the Flames.
Liberty improves to 20-8 overall and 7-1 in the ASUN. Lipscomb drops to 11-15 overall and 4-7 in conference play.
Box Score Highlights
Records: Lipscomb (11-15, 4-7 ASUN); Liberty (20-8; 7-1 ASUN)
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium)
WP: Nick Willard (1-0) | LP: Logan Van Treeck (2-1)
LIBERTY – 1st INNING – Wagner flies out, Betts scores, 1-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Wagner flies out, Betts scores, 2-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – McDyre singles, Anderson scores, 3-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Locklear scores on wild pitch, 4-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Wilkinson doubles, Wilson and McDyre scores, 6-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Betts singles, Wilkinson scores, 7-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Anderson singles, Guy scores, 8-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Locklear homers, 9-0
LIBERTY – 4th ININING – Mathieu homers, Wilkinson and McDyre score, 12-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Betts doubles, Guy scores, 13-0
LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Anderson singles, Betts scores, 14-0
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – McDyre scores on fielding error, 15-0
LIBERTY – 5th INNING – Mathieu homers, Wilkinson and McDyre score, 18-0
LIP – 6th INNING – Graves doubles, Merced scores, 18-1
- Liberty collected a season-high 21 hits. Lipscomb had four hits and committed the game's only error.
- The Flames left nine men on base. The Bisons also left nine.
- Seven Flames had two or more hits in the contest. No Bisons player had more than one.
- In the first start of his career, right-hander Nick Willard picks up the victory. He did not allow a hit or a run over the first four innings. He struck out three and walked two.
- Locklear, Mathieu, right fielder Jake Wilson and designated hitter Garrett Wilkinson had two hits apiece for the Flames.
- Betts, McDyre and Wilkinson each scored three times in the contest.
Beyond the Box Score
- With today's win, Liberty takes the three-game ASUN series with victories in the first two games. The Flames defeated the Bisons 4-1, last night.
- Liberty remains unbeaten at home in 2021, pushing its record to 12-0. The Flames have won 14 straight contests at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium, dating back to last season. It is currently the fifth longest home winning streak in the country.
- Before today, Mathieu had never had more than three RBI in a game. He had driven in three runs in five different games during his career.
- Betts led off the game with a single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. The streak is the longest hitting streak by a Liberty player in 2021. The catcher also has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games, the longest for a Flame this year.
- Anderson and Betts each collected four hits in a contest for the first time this year. Anderson leads the Flames with 12 multi-hit games. Betts has 11.
- McDyre ties his career high with four hits in a game. He picks up his fourth multi-hit contest of the year.
- Locklear has at least one hit in eight straight games. The shortstop has at least one extra base hit in seven of the eight.
Liberty and Lipscomb will conclude their three-game series at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium, tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.