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    A two-run, two-out double by Liberty left fielder Aaron Anderson keyed a four-run sixth inning, powering the Flames past the UCF Knights 8-3 to complete a doubleheader sweep, Friday evening at John Euliano Park. Liberty edged UCF 2-1 in game one.

    Trailing 3-2, the Flames scored four two-out runs in the sixth inning. Anderson, who had three hits in the contest, lined an opposite field double down the left field line to plate two runs, starting the four-run inning.

    Liberty first baseman Logan Mathieu hit his third home run of the season in the contest. He hit a two-run home run in game one. Right fielder Jake Wilson also hit a home run, his first of the year.

    Flames right-hander David Erickson entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and pitched four scoreless innings to earn a save. He allowed the Knights only two base runners over the final four innings.

    With three consecutive wins, Liberty evens its record at 5-5. UCF drops to 3-7.

    Box Score Highlights
    Records: 
    Liberty (5-5): UCF (3-7)
    Location: Orlando, Fla. (John Euliano Park)
    WP: Mason Meyer (1-1) | LP: Jack Sinclair (0-1) | SV: David Erickson (1)

    Scoring Summary
    UCF – 1st INNING – Rathbone singles, Pena scores, 1-0
    UCF – 1st INNING – Archer singles, Rathbone scores, 2-0
    LIBERTY – 2nd INNING – Gulakowski doubles, Locklear scores, 2-1
    LIBERTY – 4th INNING – Wilson homers, 2-2
    UCF – 4th INNING – Taylor homers, 3-2
    LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Anderson doubles, Gulakowski and Locklear scores, 4-3
    LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Wagner reaches on throwing error, Guy scores, 5-3
    LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Wilson singles, Anderson scores, 6-3
    LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Guy singles, Locklear scores, 7-3
    LIBERTY – 8th INNING – Mathieu homers, 8-3

    Notable Numbers

    • Each team had 11 hits and made one error in the contest.
    • Anderson posted his first three-hit game of the season.
    • Wilson had two hits and two RBI. His home run was his first as a Flame.
    • Liberty shortstop Cam Locklear had two hits, walked and scored three times.
    • Erickson scattered two hits over four innings of scoreless relief. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
    • Liberty starting pitcher Mason Meyer records his first victory of 2021. The left-hander gave up three runs on nine hits over five innings. He struck out a career-high nine batters and walked one.

    Turning Point
    After scoring four runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead, Erickson came on in relief of Meyer in the bottom of the inning. The right-hander promptly retired the side in order, striking out two of the three Knights he faced.

    Beyond the Box Score

    • Liberty wins back-to-back games for the first time this season.
    • Liberty and UCF are meeting for the first time since 1991 this weekend. With their two wins today, the Flames have already taken the three-game series.
    • Anderson's three-hit game was his third multi-hit game of the year. Catcher Gray Betts leads the Flames with four.
    • Erickson recorded the first save of his Liberty career. The right-hander leads the Flames with five appearances.

    Next Up
    The Flames and Knights will meet in the finale of their three-game series, Sunday at John Euliano Park. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m.