Evans Tosses Four-Hit Shutout, Flames Earn 3-0 Victory
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty starting pitcher Steven Evans through a complete game four-hit shutout against UNC Asheville on Saturday afternoon, striking out eight Bulldogs in the process as the Flames took game two of the series 3-0 at Worthington Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader.
Courtesy: UNC Asheville
Grier Harrington got the starting nod for the Bulldogs and pitched well, throwing six and two-thirds innings. Harrington (3-8) allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out six batters. With the loss Asheville drops to 15-27 on the season and 7-13 in the Big South Conference.
Liberty scattered seven hits over the game scoring a run in the third, sixth and seventh innings. Leadoff batter Ian Parmley went 3-for-3 at the plate with a run batted in and a run scored to lead the Flames offensively in the game.
In the top of the first the Bulldogs loaded the bases with one out, but could not plate a runner. After the first the Blue & White never had more than one base runner in an inning.
Parmley broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the third when he doubled down the leftfield line to plate a runner from first. The Flames added another run in the sixth on a Matt Williams single to left to go up 2-0 before catcher Casey Rasmus hit a solo home run to right in the seventh to push Liberty’s lead to three runs.
Freshman Matthew Pate pitched one and one-thirds innings of relief for Asheville, giving up only one hits and striking out one.
The two teams will close out the series with game two of the doubleheader beginning at 3:45 p.m. later today.