CHARLESTON, S.C. - Unbeaten Liberty University (3-0) jumped out to a 7-0 lead after four innings as the Flames dealt the Tigers (1-2) their second consecutive loss, posting a 12-3 victory over Towson at Riley Park on Saturday evening.
The game was not part of The Citadel Memorial Challenge. Earlier on Saturday, Liberty beat the Tigers, 8-0.
The Flames had 14 hits against Tiger pitching, including six doubles, a triple and two home runs. Leftfielder Ian Parmley led the Flames with four hits and three runs scored while designated hitter Tyler Cox had three hits and five RBI's.
Liberty took a 3-0 lead in the first inning Parmley led off with a single and Michael Robertson reached on a wild pitch after striking out. Cox gave Liberty a 2-0 advantage with a two-run double to right center field. When Bryan Aanderud followed with an RBI single, Liberty owned a 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Flames added two unearned runs against senior righthander Tyler Austin. With one out, shortstop Zach Haley drew a walk. Parmley followed with his second hit, a double to left as Haley advanced to third base. Austin struck out Smith for the second out but freshman second baseman Peter Bowles made a throwing error on Robertson's ground ball as both runners scored. Austin struck out Cox to end the inning.
The Flames added another run in the third inning when Aanderud and Alex Close singled with one out. Third baseman Dalton Sype drove in the run with an infield single.
After Smith drew a leadoff walk in the fourth, Austin was relieved by freshman righthander Nick Cioffi. After Cioffi struck out Robertson, Cox doubled to score Smith with the Flames' seventh run. After walking Aanderud, Cioffi escaped the inning by getting Close to ground into a double play.
The Tigers, who were shut out on two hits through the first five innings, came to life in the sixth inning. Senior centerfielder Ben Winter opened the inning with a single to centerfield before sophomore leftfielder Brandon Gonnellafollowed with another single. Sophomore rightfielder Dominic Fratantuono got the Tigers on the scoreboard when he doubled to centerfield, scoring Winter. After Jacob Kemmerer struck out junior catcher Andrew Parker, he loaded the bases with a walk to freshman first baseman Brendan Butler.
At that point, Daniel Brown was summoned from the bullpen to relieve him. After junior third baseman Zach Fisherwas retired on a fly ball, Bowles drove in two runs with a single to center. With the lead trimmed to 7-3, Brown struck out Cody Reevesto end the rally.
The Flames got two of those runs back when Robertson walked and Cox blasted a two-run homer to left in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the bottom of the seventh, the Flames put the game out of reach when Parmley tripled and Smith doubled. Robertson capped off the rally with a two-run homer, giving Liberty a 12-3 lead.
After Bowles' sixth inning single, the Liberty bullpen held the Tigers without a hit over the final three innings.
Sophomore lefthander Kyle Paulpitched the final 1.1 innings for the Tigers and struck out two batters.
Austin suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on seven hits in three innings of work. He walked two and struck out four. Cioffi gave up five runs on six hits in 3.2 innings.
"Tyler actually pitched better than his numbers would suggest," said Coach Mike Gottlieb. "We didn't do a good job helping him out, either offensively or defensively. Liberty does a great job swinging the bats. If you make a mistake, they are going to make you pay for it."
Fratantuono led the Tigers' six-hit attack with two hits and one RBI. Bowles drove in the Tigers' other two runs.
The Tigers are scheduled to conclude play in The Citadel Memorial Challenge on Sunday morning when they face Richmond at 10 a.m.
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