Region roundup: Liberty baseball strangles FGCU to open series, and more | University

According to staff reports

Liberty’s baseball team hadn’t tasted a home win in two weeks.

An offensive resurgence, coupled with the blistering start of Garrett Horn, put the Flames back in the win column.

Horn struck out nine innings in 5⅓ innings, Aaron Anderson and Derek Orndorff fired off Liberty’s offense, and the Flames cruised to an 11-3 victory Friday night to open the weekend series against FGCU at Liberty Baseball Stadium.

The Flames (18-10, 5-5 ASUN) ended a two-game losing streak and won at home for the first time since March 25 against Stetson. They were 1-4 in championship games since that victory before eliminating an FGCU team that entered the weekend tied with Kennesaw State for first place in the ASUN East Division standings.

Horn (3-1) allowed two earned runs on four hits and walked three on his outing.

Trey Carter, Mason Fluharty and Jeremy Beamon combined to allow four hits and strike out nine over the final 3⅔ innings.

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The lone run the Eagles scored (20-10, 7-3) against the bullpen was unearned against Carter in the seventh inning.

Anderson and Orndorff had three hits apiece, and they combined for three RBIs. Logan Mathieu went 2 for 5 with two RBIs, and Three Hillier added two RBIs.

The Flames scored five straight runs between the second and fourth innings, then added three more runs in the eighth on a two-run double from Hillier and an RBI single from Mathieu.

Liberty’s 11 points were the most he had scored in a game since March 19, when the Flames won 11-5 at North Florida.

Liberty games for the Cancun Challenge

The Cancun Challenge announced that Liberty will host a game to open the tournament and then compete in the Riviera Division when all eight teams travel to the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera in Cancun, Mexico.

The Flames host South Mississippi on Friday, Nov. 18, then spend the start of Thanksgiving week in Cancun for games Nov. 22-23.

Liberty will play Northwestern at 8:30 p.m. on November 22, then face Bradley or Auburn the next day.

The rest of the land includes Winthrop, Eastern Michigan and Purdue Fort Wayne.

This is Liberty’s third time competing in the Cancun Challenge.

The Flames went 0-2 in the 2014-15 season with losses to North Florida and Morgan State in the Maya Division.

The 2020 edition of the tournament was renamed Space Coast Challenge and played at Titan Field House in Melbourne, Florida due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Flames lost to Purdue and then defeated Mississippi State.

Lynchburg fourth at Camp Lejeune

Lynchburg posted a team total of 4 under 276 and sits in fourth place after the first round of the Camp Lejeune Golf Championship in Lejeune, North Carolina.

The Hornets competed on the Paradise Point Golf Course in the first round with two golfers posting under-par rounds.

Andrew Watson is tied for third at 5 under. He scored seven birdies and a double bogey.

Harrison Smith is 1 under and tied for 11th.

Harry Hodgert is tied for 16th at even par. The Holy Cross graduate had an uneventful round with two birdies, two bogeys and 14 pars.

Methodist leads the team standings at 10 under and holds a three-shot lead over Miles College.

LU’s Artis and Mojica shine in women’s hammer

Liberty’s Grace Artis and Naomi Mojica finished fourth and sixth respectively in the Women’s Hammer at the Triton Invitational held at Triton Track & Field in San Diego, Calif.

Artis set a personal best with a mark of 191 feet, 11 inches which tops the ASUN conference.

Mojica posted a distance of 180 feet 3 inches.

Artis finished 10th in discus with a throw of 140-foot-6.

LU’s Freece named CCSA Diver of the Year

Liberty sophomore Maddie Freece was named the Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Diver of the Year for the second straight season.

She set a program record with a score of 320.75 to win the CCSA Championship in 1 meter diving, and she placed third on the 3 meter platform.

Greece finished 17th in three-meter and 25th in 1-meter at the NCAA Zone A diving championships.

Eloise Saraty outlasted Ashley Jonathan in singles No. 3 by scores of 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-5) and 10-4 as the Flames (17-5, 6-1 ASUN ) were heading for a win over the Knights (1-20, 0-7) at the Eddie Weber Tennis Complex in Louisville, Kentucky.

No. 69 Liberty 6, Bellarmine 1

The Flames (8-9, 4-2 ASUN) won their third in a row by easily beating the Knights (5-13, 1-5) at the Eddie Weber Tennis Complex in Louisville, Kentucky.

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