Liberty 3, Charleston Southern 1
LYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty’s Danny Grauer had a pinch-hit three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh to provide all of the Flames’ offense in a 3-1 win over Charleston Southern on Sunday afternoon.
The win sends Liberty (14-6, 3-0 Big South) to a weekend sweep of the Buccaneers (8-13, 0-3), who are at UNC Wilmington on Wednesday.
Grauer lifted his first home run of the year out to left off of Bucs’ reliever Austin Weekley to score first baseman Alex Close and Trey Wimmer. Wimmer had a leadoff double and Close drew a one-out walk to set the stage for Grauer.
CSU took a brief lead in the top of the seventh as John Faircloth reached with a leadoff double and scored on an RBI groundout by Chase Shelton. Faircloth had two of the Bucs’ three hits on the day.
Liberty starter Trey Lambert (4-0) held the Bucs to three hits and struck out six in a complete-game effort.
CSU’s Tory Schroff (3-1) lost for the first time this season. He scattered four hits and struck out four in 62/3 innings.
Charleston Southern faces The CItadel in a three-game series beginning Friday. The two teams alternate home games on the weekend, playing Friday and Sunday at Riley Park. Saturday’s game is at CSU Ballpark. Friday’s first pitch is at 6 p.m., with Saturday’s first pitch coming at 2 p.m.