Liberty Defeats ODU, 12-6
By ODU Athletics
March 21, 2012
LYNCHBURG, Va. Liberty's (21-3) designated hitter Tyler Cox drove in a season-high five runs to lead the Flames to a 12-6 victory over Old Dominion (8-12) Wednesday afternoon at Worthington Field.
Old Dominion pushed a run across in the top of the fifth. Right fielder Ben Verlander singled with one out and later scored on a Liberty throwing error.
The Monarchs sliced into the Liberty lead in the top of the sixth, scoring five runs. After scoring a run on a single by third baseman Ben Frazier, Old Dominion benefitted from a Flames error with two outs, leading to four additional runs. Shelton drew a walk with the bases loaded to force in a run, followed by a bases-loaded infield single by outfielder Josh Eldridge to make it, 12-4, Liberty. Left fielder Drew Coker and shortstop Josh Wright were then hit by pitches with the bases loaded, adding two more runs, trimming the Flames lead to 12-6.
Liberty relievers Patrick Bankemper and Jared Lyons restored order over the final 2 2/3 innings, as the Flames closed out the win.
ODU returns to action this weekend with a CAA series against Hofstra beginning Friday at 6 p.m. at the Bud Metheny Complex.