Liberty Rallies in Late Innings, But Comes Up Short; Falls to Kennesaw State 7-5
Liberty attempted to rally late, but came up short, as the visiting Kennesaw State Owls held off the Flames 7-5, Friday afternoon at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium.
After the Owls jumped out to a 7-0 lead, the Flames battled back to cut the deficit to 7-5 and brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the ninth inning. However, Kennesaw State pitcher Jared Rhine was able to get the next two batters to close out the victory for the visitors.
Liberty right fielder Aaron Anderson and third baseman Cameron Foster each had three hits in the contest. Anderson also belted two solo home runs, his fifth and sixth of the season, and drove in three runs. Shortstop Stephen Hill added his fifth home run of the year in the sixth inning for the Flames.
Liberty drops to 32-20 overall and 18-11 in ASUN play. Kennesaw State moves to 32-23 overall and 19-10 in conference to move into first place in the ASUN’s East Division.
Box Score Highlights
Records: Kennesaw State (32-23, 19-10 ASUN); Liberty (32-20, 18-11 ASUN)
Location: Lynchburg, Va. (Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium)
WP: John Bezdicek (4-2) | LP: Joe Adametz III (6-3) | SV: Jared Rine (7)
1st INNING – KSU – Cash singles, Simon scores, 1-0
2nd INNING – KSU – Simon reaches on an error, Hassan scores (unearned), 2-0
2nd INNING – KSU – Corbin doubles, Simon (unearned) and Eidson (unearned) score, 4-0
5th NNING – KSU – Hatcher doubles, Hasson (unearned) and Mimbs (unearned) score, 6-0
5th INNING – KSU – Simon flies out, Eidson scores, 7-0
5th INNING – LIBERTY – Anderson singles, Foster scores, 7-1
6th INNING – LIBERTY – Hill homers, Hillier scores, 7-3
7th INNING – LIBERTY – Anderson homers, 7-4
9th INNING – LIBERTY – Anderson homers, 7-5
– Kennesaw State outhit Liberty, 11-7. The Flames committed two errors.
– Liberty left nine men on base. Kennesaw State left 10.
– Flames starter Joe Adametz III takes the loss. The left-hander gave up four runs, one earned, on eight hits over four innings. He struck out two and walked two.
– Nick Moran, the third of four pitchers for the Flames, pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings. He scattered three hits, striking out three and did not walk a batter.
– Kennesaw State starter John Bezdicek records the win. He did allow three runs on three hits over five innings. He struck out six and walked four.
– Owl’s reliever Jared Rine picks up a save. He gave up one run on two hits over the last two innings.
Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth and one out, Anderson, who had already homered in the seventh, lined an opposite-field home run inside the left field foul pole to cut Kennesaw State’s lead to 7-5. The next batter, center fielder Derek Orndorff, was hit by a pitch, to bring the tying run to the plate in left fielder Three Hillier. The outfielder ripped a 2-0 pitch to the warning track in right field where it was caught for the second out of the inning. Owls’ pitcher Rine then got Hill to fly out to end the game.
Beyond the Box Score
– Kennesaw State moves into first place in the ASUN East Division with their win, one game ahead of Liberty with a game left to play in the regular season.
– Liberty is 19-8 at home this year with one home game left in the regular season.
– For the first time in his Liberty career, Anderson hits two home runs in a contest. The outfielder also collected his team-leading 20th multiple-hit game and his sixth three-hit contest of 2022.
– Foster had his 11th multi-hit game of the season.
The Flames and Owls will meet in the series finale, tomorrow at Worthington Field at Liberty Baseball Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. Before the game, the 13 graduating players on the Flames will be honored during Senior Day ceremonies.