Liberty Takes Both Games of Doubleheader, Completes Three-Game Sweep|
April 7, 2007
LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Liberty Flames posted victories of 11-7 and 10-4 in a doubleheader with the Marshall baseball team on Saturday at Worthington Stadium.
With the wins, Liberty (21-13) claimed the three-game sweep of Marshall (14-16) and sent the Thundering Herd to its 11th straight loss, the last eight coming on the road. The last time Marshall lost 11 straight games was when the Herd closed out the 1999 campaign with 11 consecutive losses.
The Herd's game one loss, 11-7, marked the third straight game that Marshall's opponent came-from-behind to win. It was also the second straight game in which Liberty responded to at least a four-run deficit to Marshall with a six-run inning to seize control of the game.
Marshall jumped out to a 5-0 lead thanks to a four-run top of the fourth. Jeff Rowley (Buffalo, N.Y.) hit his second home run of the year, a two-run shot, after Brandon Casamassima (Colleyville, Texas) led off the inning with a double. Mason Chapman (Barboursville, W.Va.) and Brit Vincent (Bowling Green, Ky.) added RBI singles in the Herd's five-hit frame.
Liberty responded by belting out six hits for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-5 lead. The Herd tied the game up with a run in the top of the sixth on another Chapman RBI single, but again the Flames responded to MU runs in the bottom half of the inning with two runs.
Marshall starter Brian Chrisman (Pittsburgh, Pa.) started the sixth inning but a walk, a wild pitch and a single to start the frame prompted head coach Jeff Waggoner to pull the junior left-hander. Andrew Hancock (Ashland, Ky.) relieved Chrisman, but a sac fly and RBI single gave LU the lead it would not relinquish.
Thad Ledford (Yukon, Okla.), Vincent and Chapman tallied two hits apiece for Marshall. Liberty's Cody Brown and Kenneth Negron each went 3-for-4.
Liberty jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning of game two and never trailed to complete the three-game sweep with a 10-4 decision. Center fielder Garrett Young hit a two-run homer in the first off Marshall right-hander Adam Dobies (Pittsburgh, Pa.) to open the LU scoring.
The Flames, as has been the case throughout the series, answered a Marshall run in the top of the inning with a run or more in the bottom. MU tallied a run to close to 2-1 in the third, but Liberty added two to regain a 4-1 edge.
Liberty runs in the fourth and sixth inning put the Flames up 9-1 before the Herd scored three in the top of the seventh.
Dobies falls to 2-4 on the season after pitching six innings and giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs with four strikeouts. Liberty's Tyler Light (4-1) also pitched six innings but did not give up an earned run on five hits allowed.
The Herd will get a one-day rest before playing its ninth straight road game on Monday night at Cincinnati. First pitch between the Herd and Bearcats is at 6:30 p.m.