Flames Complete Sweep Of UNC Asheville
With the two losses on the day Asheville drops to 15-28 on the year with a 7-14 mark in league play while the Flames improve to 29-19 overall and 15-6 in the Big South.
Liberty’s Keegan Linza picked up the win in game three to improve to 8-3 on the year. Linza allowed one run on two hits in six innings of work.
Tommy Houmard got the start for the Bulldogs and was credited with the loss, throwing three and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on six hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Liberty plated a pair of runners in the bottom of the second, scoring on a Marcus Grimaldi double down the leftfield line and then again on an Austin Taylor ground out to short. The Flames pushed their lead to 3-0 when they scored a run on a Doug Bream ground out in the third.
Austin Taylor pushed the Liberty lead to four runs when he hit a solo homer to left-center in the fourth.
In the top of the fifth Cody Buch plated UNC Asheville’s first run of the game, doubling down the leftfield line to score Mike Vaughn from second.
The Flames would explode for eight runs in the fifth to take a commanding 12-1 lead, as Liberty sent 11 batters to the plate in the frame.
Asheville plated a pair of runs in the top of the seventh, scoring on a Buch double to left and a Jordan Lurie single to left. Liberty would get those two runs back in the bottom of the frame, and would lead 14-3 after seven.
Liberty would add another run in the eighth to push its lead back to 12, winning by the final of 15-3.
In game one of the doubleheader 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.
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.
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.
UNC Asheville will be back in action on Monday evening when they play ETSU in make up game at the home of the Buccaneers. The game was originally scheduled for May 3 but was postponed due to inclement weather in the Johnson City, Tenn., area.