Men’s baseball wins 2-1 over Liberty in a three game series

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Carrie Birkett

Cbirkett@Radford.Edu

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Radford came out swinging, winning the first two games of the series this past weekend against Liberty opening Big South play.

Two Highlanders hit their first career home runs that added to Radford’s 9-5 win in game 1 of the series. Michael Boyle started on the mound for the Highlanders and earned the victory while Ryan Meisinger recorded his fourth save.

Eight batters in the lineup had at least one base hit; Brad Keen gave the Highlanders the lead in the second inning with a RBI double and then scored on a wild pitch. But the Liberty Flames were not going to give up very easily. The Flames responded with three runs in the top of the third to tie up the game and then Radford returned in the bottom of the inning to get the lead again.

Liberty was not going to let the Highlanders take the game that simply. They again tied the game up in the top of the fourth and Radford did not respond until the bottom of the fifth. After that the Flames only scored one more run while Radford went ahead and scored four more runs to make the game 9-5.

Boyle finished the game pitching seven innings, walking just one and striking out seven. He allowed eight hits and just five runs. Daniel Bridgeman relieved Boyle in the top of the eighth and noted two outs before Meisinger came into the game to get a four out save, striking out three of the fives batters he faced.

With the first game of the series under their belt, Radford snapped Liberty’s seven game winning streak.

In the middle game of the series Radford took off rolling, winning the game 12-3. Liberty started things off taking a 3-1 lead through the fourth inning but in the bottom of the fifth inning Josh Reavis started things off for Radford singling home a pair of game tying runs. Danny Hrbek scored in the sixth gave the Highlanders the lead for good.

Shortstop Chris Coia went 4-4 with three doubles. Second baseman Josh Gardiner finished the game for Radford in the eighth by hitting a homerun and sending in two other guys to make the final score 12-3 for Radford.

Dylan Nelson started on the mound for the Highlanders pitching for 7.2 innings and giving up three run on six of Liberty’s six hits. He struck out six and walked four.

Coming up on game three of the series the Highlanders hoped to sweep the Flames and send them packing but that was not what the Flames had in mind. Sending in their star pitcher Jared Lyons. He threw a three hit shutout for the Flames keeping the Highlanders from sweeping.

Mitchell MacKeith pitched for six innings giving up three runs on six hits.

Radford had problems getting on base all game; Lyons would throw three pitches and strike out a Radford batter. Aaron Scoville got Radford’s only extra base hit with a two out double in the fifth inning, and he was the only runner to get into scoring position all day.

Liberty’s three runs came in the top of the sixth and that would be enough to win the game for the Flames.

Radford played one more home game on Tuesday night against East Tennessee State then goes to Campbell for a three game series against the Camels in the Big South.