Liberty takes Big South series over Camels

Jeff Hahs
Jeff Hahs

LYNCHBURG, VA. – Liberty batted around in the fifth and sixth, breaking open a scoreless game, and held for a 7-1 Sunday win to claim the Big South weekend series.

Liberty moved to 28-17 on the season and 14-7 in Big South games, while Campbell dipped to 21-25 overall and 7-11 in conference play. The Flames claimed Friday's opener 4-3 before Campbell evened the series with a 7-4 Saturday victory.

Evan Mitchell (6-1) picked up the win, going 6 1/3 innings with a run on six hits, striking out two and walking two. Eric Grabowski tossed the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing a hit with four strikeouts.

Ryan Kirk (3-5) took the loss, allowing three unearned runs on three hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Kirk did not allow a hit until the fourth, allowing just two Flames to reach until Sammy Taormina's one out single.

Tyson Messer pitched 2/3 of an inning with three runs on a hit with a strikeout and four walks, while Harry Thomas walked one in 1/3 of an inning. Alex Yarem tossed two innings, allowing a run on two hits with three strikeouts.

Sparked by a leadoff error, the Flames loaded the bases in the fifth with a hit by pitch and a walk before Jake Barbee's sacrifice fly gave the game its first run. A two run double from Taormina with two outs was the only hit in the inning for LU, making it 3-0.

In the top of the sixth, Jeff Hahs put Campbell on the board with his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to dead center off a 1-1 pitch, cutting the LU lead to 3-1.

Five walks and a Trey McDyre two run base hit helped Liberty bat around again in the home half of the inning, scoring three more runs and extending the lead to 6-1.

D.J. Artis tacked on a run for the Flames in the seventh with a RBI single to make it 7-1.

McDyre and Taormina both drove in two in the win for LU, going 1-for-4 and 2-for-5, respectively. McDyre also scored twice, while Artis was 1-for-3 with a RBI and two runs.

Hahs led the Camels at the plate, going 2-for-4. Christian Jones also went 2-for-3 in the loss.

The Camels head to Duke (Tuesday, May 9) and North Carolina Central (Wednesday, May 10) next week. CU has one home series remaining, wrapping up the regular season May 18-20 against Longwood.