Liberty 8, Charleston Southern

LYNCHBURG, VA. — Liberty (12-6, 1-0 Big South) jumped out to a 4-0 lead through three innings and made it stand up in 8-2 win over Charleston Southern (8-11, 0-1) in the Big South opener for both teams on Friday afternoon at Liberty Stadium.

The Bucs, who face Liberty today at 1 p.m., were haunted by another slow start falling behind 4-0 early againt the Flames. Liberty raced to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Bryan Aanderud singled and stole home and Trey Wimmer added and RBI single as broke through first. Wimmer followed with a home run in the third to plate both of the runs for the Flames, who took a 4-0 lead.

CSU chipped a run off the lead in the fourth as Alex Tomasovich drew a walk and scored on a Robbie Streett single to cut thee lead to 4-1.

CSU would add its second run in the eighth as John Faircloth singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Tomasovich to cut the lead to 6-2.

Flames starter Carson Herndon lasted 6.1 innings to get the win. He struck out four and walked three. Liberty’s bullpen allowed the Faircloth run in the eighth, but nothing more.

CSU starter Ryan Gunther (2-2) lasted seven innings, allowing four earned runs while striking out three.

Streett and Drew Woodall each had two hits to lead the Bucs, who were outhit, 10-9. Four different Flames had two hits in the game.