Flames claim sweep over CSU with 13-4 victoryMay 9, 2010
By CSU Sports Information
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Brantley Meier recorded three hits and Jesse Cadenhead continued his hot stretch, but Liberty University was able to claim the series sweep over the Charleston Southern baseball team with a 13-4 victory Sunday afternoon at CSU Ballpark.
The Flames (37-12, 18-3 Big South Conference) plated multiple runs in four separate innings and were able to blast 18 hits in the winning performance. CSU (17-29, 6-14 Big South) recorded 12 hits but could only dent the scoreboard in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Buccaneers got out of the first inning unscathed, but Liberty took control with three runs in the second and two runs in the third.
Austin Taylor and Trey Wimmer led off the second with back-to-back singles. Kenneth Negron drove home Taylor, and Negron later scored on an error. Curran Redal singled in the frame and later touched home on a wild pitch.
Michael Robertson and P.J. Jimenez both had hits to lead off the third, and Robertson scored on a sacrifice fly from Nathan Thompson. Jimenez gave Liberty a 5-0 lead after scoring on an RBI single from Taylor.
Tyler Bream homered in the fourth to give the Flames a 6-0 advantage.
Thompson and Jimenez each scored on a two-RBI single from Negron in the fifth before the Buccaneers could do any damage on the scoreboard.
Meier singled in the home half of the fifth, and Bentley Christmas put CSU on the board with a double to center field that plated Meier as the home team began to show signs of life.
After Tom Burkett popped up to record the second out, Nick Chinners roped a single to left field to bring home Christmas and cut the lead to 8-2.
Charleston Southern blanked Liberty in the sixth and got within two more in the home half of the inning.
Derek Smith got the rally started with a single through the left side, and Walt Quattlebaum followed that up with a single of his own. Brandon McKinney reached on a fielder’s choice that sat down Quattlebaum, and Smith and McKinney both scored on a double from Cadenhead that reached the left center-field wall.
Meier flew out and Christmas struck out to end the threat, and Liberty would make CSU pay for not taking advantage of another golden opportunity to edge closer.
The first five batters of the seventh inning all reached base for the Flames, and they crushed any thoughts of a comeback with four runs in the frame to take a 12-4 lead.
Liberty added another run in the eighth and the Buccaneers could not answer in the 13-4 loss.
Andrew White (1-5) allowed eight runs (seven earned) on eight hits in just four innings of work for the Buccaneers. Stew Brase entered in the fifth and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits in three innings. Corey Deighan pitched the eighth frame and gave up one hit and one run, and Patrick Dolan entered in the ninth and gave up no runs on two hits.
Meier led the way at the dish for CSU with a 3-for-5 performance, while also scoring a run. Christmas and Chinners picked up two hits each, and Cadenhead drove home two runs.
Liberty starting pitcher Dustin Umberger (2-2) threw five innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. Carter Browning picked up his third save of the year after keeping the Buccaneers off the scoreboard in the final four innings.
Jimenez and Wimmer each had three hits for the Flames, and Negron drove home four runs. Four different Flames scored twice.
CSU will head out on the road for a 6 p.m. meeting May 11 with Georgia Southern. Charleston Southern fell to the Eagles 8-6 on March 10 at CSU Ballpark. Next up for the Flames will be a weekend set with No. 4 Coastal Carolina University May 14-16.Related Item: Box Score