Rocky Toppled; Liberty Tops Tennessee to Open NCAA Regional

Rocky Toppled; Liberty Tops Tennessee to Open NCAA Regional

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Liberty left-hander Mason Meyer did not allow a run over the first six innings, as the Flames downed the Tennessee Volunteers 6-1, Friday evening in Game 2 of the NCAA Chapel Hill, N.C. Regional at Boshamer Stadium.

Meyer kept the Volunteers off balance for most of his strong outing, allowing one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings, before giving way to Garret Price, who closed out the victory.

Liberty right fielder Brandon Rohrer collected a game-high three hits and drove in two runs, while catcher Jonathan Embry hit a two-run home run in the first inning.

The Flames never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 6-0 lead.

Liberty moves to 43-19 and ties the program record for wins in a single season. The Flames advance to tomorrow's winner's bracket game against North Carolina. Tennessee falls to 38-20 and will face UNCW in an elimination game tomorrow.

Box Score Highlights
Records: Liberty (43-19); Tennessee (38-20)
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Boshamer Stadium)
Attendance: 2,239
WP: Mason Meyer (6-4) | LP: Garrett Stallings (8-5)

Scoring Summary
LIBERTY – 1ST INNING – Embry homers, Betts scores, 2-0
LIBERTY – 3rd INNING – Galazin doubles, Mathieu scores, 3-0
LIBERTY – 6th INNING – Throwing error on left fielder, Rohrer scores, 4-0
LIBERTY – 7th INNING – Rohrer singles, Galazin and Mathieu score, 6-0
UT – 7th INNING – Russell homers, 6-1

Notable Numbers
- Liberty outhit Tennessee, 12-6. Tennessee committed three errors, while Liberty did not make one.

- Meyer struck out one batter in the contest. However, the left-hander retired eight Volunteers in a row from the second inning through the fourth. He also recorded 10 ground ball outs and seven fly ball outs during his outing.

- Price did not allow a run over the final 2 2/3 innings. He gave up one hit, striking out three and walking one.

- Embry belted his team-leading 11th home run of the season in the first inning.

- Rohrer tallies his 17th multi-hit game of the season and posts his sixth game with three or more hits.

- Liberty left fielder Gray Betts reached base in each of his first three at bats with two hits and a walk to post his 11th multi-hit game of the year. On the night, the freshman reached base in four of his five plated appearances and scored a run.

- Flames second baseman Will Wagner had two hits to post his 18th multi-hit game of the year. Center fielder Jaylen Guy also had two hits to record his 13th multi-hit game.

- Tennessee designated hitter Evan Russell lead off the bottom of the seventh inning with his sixth home run of the season for the Volunteers' lone run of the game.

Turning Point
Leading 4-0 in the top of the seventh and Meyer in control, the Flames put the game out of reach on a two-out hit by Rohrer. With one out, first baseman Logan Mathieu singled. Two batters later, a throwing error by Tennessee third baseman Andre Lipcius with two outs allowed the inning to continue. Rohrer followed by lining a single into center field to plated both runners for a commanding 6-0 advantage.

Beyond the Box Score
- With its victory this evening, Liberty ties the 2010 Flames for the most wins in program history with 43.

- Tonight, Liberty appeared in its first regional since 2014 and made its sixth regional appearance in program history. The Flames received an at-large bid in 2014 to the NCAA Charlottesville, Va. Regional.

- For the second time in program history, Liberty wins its first game of a regional. The Flames defeated Clemson 8-3 to begin the Columbia, S.C. Regional on May 31, 2013.

- Due to a lengthy rain delay in the first game of the regional between UNCW and North Carolina, the contest did not start until 10 p.m.

- Liberty is 35-0 when leading after six innings and 16-4 when scoring in the first inning.

- Embry's first-inning home run extends his reached base safely streak to 18 games, tying his career and season high.

- With a RBI double in the third inning, Galazin also has reached base safely in 18 consecutive games. The senior has at least one hit in 16 of those contests.

Up Next
Liberty advances to the winner's bracket to face the No. 1 seed and regional host North Carolina Tar Heels, tomorrow afternoon at Boshamer Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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