GREENVILLE, N.C. – Ryan Cordell and Trey Wimmer each belted grand slams helping lift Liberty (5-2) to a 14-4 victory over East Carolina (3-4) Wednesday night in non-conference action at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium
The Flames, who picked up their third win in the series which dates back to 1979, scored six runs in the fourth and seven in the eighth cruising to their fifth win of the 2013 season. Liberty jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Bryan Aanderud’s sac fly to left field that plated Nick Braxton, who walked to start the contest. Cordell followed Braxton’s free pass with a single to left center putting runners on the corners for Aanderud.
Willie Martin (1-0) picked up the win for the Flames on a staff night allowing two runs (both earned) on two hits with two strikeouts in three full frames. Liberty used six more hurlers to close out the game with Jared Lyons, Adam Parks, Matt Marsh, Shawn Clowers and Patrick Bankemper all having scoreless outings. Nick Grant tossed the final stanza and was touched for two runs (both unearned) on one hit.
Brett Mabry (0-1) took the loss allowing one run (earned) on one hit with a walk in one inning of work. ECU also staffed the night using a combined nine pitchers in relief that issued eight of its nine walks, hit four batters and surrendered 13 runs on 13 hits. Deshorn Lake (0.1 IP, H) made his first appearance for the Pirates in 2013 before leaving after being hit by a line drive on the pitching hand removing him from the game. Justin Taylor appeared in his first collegiate game allowing four runs (all earned) on one hit with two walks and one strikeout in one-third of an inning. Dylan Dickens (1.2 IP), Jake Harris (2.0 IP), Tyler Bolton (1.0 IP) and Grayson Bailey (1.0 IP) each had scoreless outings, while Hayden White (0.2 IP, 2 R), Nick Durazo (0.2 IP, 4 R) and Joseph Hughes (0.1 IP, 3 R) also saw time on the mound.
Leading 1-0 in the fourth, Wimmer capped off the six-run frame with his first homer of the year, a grand slam, staking the Flames to a 7-0 lead. With the bases loaded Aanderud and Just Sizemore drew back-to-back walks scoring Dalton Sype and Nick Paxton before Wimmer’s towering shot to left field.
ECU answered in the bottom half of the stanza scoring a pair of runs and cutting the lead to 7-2. Bryan Bass and Jack Reinheimer singled to start the inning and Chase McDonald drove in the first run on a single down the left field line that plated Bass and put runners on first and second with one out. Nick Thompson followed with the Pirates fourth hit of the frame, a single through the left side, loading the bases. With two outs, Ben Fultz walked scoring Reinheimer for the second run.
Cordell’s second hit of the night, another grand slam, highlighted the Flames seven-run eighth inning. Greenville native Dalton Britt singled home Aanderud, while Sype stroked a two-out single to left field pushing across Sizemore and Britt before Cordell cleared the bases with a shot down the left field line extending the lead to 14-2.
The Pirates’ added a pair of runs in the ninth on an RBI triple by Dylan Brown and a sac fly by Luke Lowery capping the scoring at 14-4.
ECU will be back in action on Friday, Mar. 1 when they play host to St. John’s (1-7) in the first of three games on the weekend. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. (EST).